Literary Arts

For over 40 years, Literary Arts at Brown University has been a creative and intellectual center for the U.S. literary avant-garde.  Along with a handful of other writing programs nationwide, Brown provides a home for innovative writers of fiction, poetry, electronic writing (hypertext) and mixed media.

Established in the mid-1960s by poet, translator and critic Edwin Honig, Literary Arts at Brown continues its tradition of hiring and retaining a faculty comprised of nationally and internationally known authors.  Each year, the program offers 60 – 70 classes, awards the M.F.A. degree to approximately 12 graduate student writers, and confers Honors on about 35 talented seniors who will have completed the undergraduate concentration in Literary Arts.

The online MFA application deadline is 15 December.  Applicants can expect admission decisions by 15 March.

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Faculty Administrative Positions

Swensen, Cole, Chair of Literary Arts

Faculty Positions

Cayley, John, Professor of Literary Arts

Channer, Colin, Assistant Professor of Literary Arts

Coover, Robert, T.B. Stowell University Professor Emeritus of Literary Arts

Field, Thalia, Professor of Literary Arts

Gander, Forrest, Professor of Literary Arts

Gander, Forrest, Adele Kellenberg Seaver '49 Professor of Creative Writing

Howard, Joanna, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Literary Arts

Maso, Carole, Professor of Literary Arts

Moody, Hiram, Bonderman Professor of the Practice of Literary Arts

Nakayasu, Sawako, Assistant Professor of Literary Arts

Nelson, Peter, Senior Lecturer in Literary Arts

Sikelianos, Eleni, Professor of Literary Arts

Steinbach, Meredith, Professor of Literary Arts

Swensen, Cole, Professor of Literary Arts

Waldman, Anne, Professor of the Practice of Literary Arts

Waldrop, Bernard, Brooke Russell Astor Emeritus Professor of the Humanities

Wideman, John, Asa Messer Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies and Literary Arts

de la Torre, Monica, Bonderman Assitant Professor of the Practice of Literary Arts