• Faculty Fellows

Mary-Kim Arnold

Office hours: Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. and by appointment. 
Where is home to you? Bronxville, NY
M.F.A. Poetry 2016, Vermont College of Fine Arts
M.F.A. Creative Writing – Fiction 1998, Brown University
B.A. English and American Literature with Honors in Creative Writing 1993, Brown University

Mary-Kim Arnold is a Visiting Lecturer in English in the Nonfiction Writing Program. At the Swearer Center, she serves as the Faculty Fellow for the Storytellers Fellowship, which gives students the opportunity to learn and practice ethical and responsible community storytelling across a variety of platforms and interact meaningfully with local community partners. 
Mary-Kim is the author of "Litany for the Long Moment," a hybrid memoir in which she explores the interconnectedness of language and identity through the lens of her experience as a Korean adoptee. Her second book, "The Fish and the Dove," is forthcoming in 2020. She has received grants and fellowships from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Foundation. At Brown, she teaches introductory creative nonfiction, and writing workshops focused on Asian American literature and art writing.
Prior to returning to Brown, Mary-Kim held leadership roles in the arts and cultural sector, including Executive Director of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, and the inaugural Director of Evaluation and Learning at the Rhode Island Foundation. She also worked in Advancement at Brown, with the affinity groups for alumni of color. She currently co-chairs the Board of Directors of the Dirt Palace, a feminist art collective in Providence, and has led the boards of the International Charter School in Pawtucket, and the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island.