Carole Maso Professor of Literary Arts

Carole Maso is the author of the novels: Ghost Dance, The Art Lover, AVA, The American Woman in the Chinese Hat and Defiance; as well as Aureole (a book of short fictions); Break Every Rule (essays); The Room Lit by Roses (a journal of pregnancy and birth) and Beauty is Convulsive: The Passion of Frida Kahlo. She is the recipient of many awards, including a Lannan Fellowship.

Brown Affiliations

research overview

Carole Maso is a writer of fiction, essays, poetry and memoir. Her books include Ghost Dance (1987), The Art Lover (1990), AVA (1993), The American Woman in the Chinese Hat (1994), Aureole: Short Fictions (1996), Defiance (1997), Break Every Rule: Essays on Language, Longing, and Moments of Desire (2000), A Room Lit By Roses: A Journal of Pregnancy and Birth (2000), Beauty is Convulsive: The Passion of Frieda Kahlo (20020), and Aureole (poems in prose) (2002).

research statement

Carole Maso's most recent work, The Bay of Angels , is a war-inflected novel, a book of ruins, dealing with the history of human suffering and the extraordinary and terrible beauty and sorrow of the world I find myself in. Like the desiring and restless soul, the form embraces fiction, essay, memoir, poetry, photographs, drawings and other ephemera. The book comes directly from my explorations in my nine previous literary works.

funded research

Cultural Arts Project Support (CAPS) Grant for Fiction, 1983
W.K. Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts, 1985

New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, 1987

National Endowment for the Arts Emerging Artist Reading Grant, 1987

National Endowment for the Arts Literature Grant, 1988