Literary Arts

Welcome to Literary Arts at Brown

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, digital language arts, and mixed media. 

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

C.D. Wright, 1949-2016

We extend our deepest sympathy to Forrest and Brecht Gander as we join them in mourning the loss of poet, CD Wright, a celebrated member of the Literary Arts faculty, and part of the Brown family since 1983.

Everything Good between Men and Women

has been written in mud and butter

and barbecue sauce. The walls and

the floors used to be gorgeous.

The socks off-white and a near match.

The quince with fireblight

but we get two pints of jelly

in the end. Long walks strengthen

the back. You with a fever blister

and myself with a sty. Eyes

have we and we are forever prey

to one another's teeth. The torrents

go over us. Thunder has not harmed

anyone we know. The river coursing

through us is dirty and deep. The left

hand protects the rhythm. Watch

your head. No fires should be

unattended. Especially when wind. Each

receives a free swiss army knife.

The first few tongues are clearly

preparatory. The impression

made by yours I carry to my grave. It is

just so sad so creepy so beautiful.

Bless it. We have so little time

to learn, so much. . . . The river

courses dirty and deep. Cover the lettuce.

Call it a night. O soul. Flow on. Instead.

(CD Wright's poem appears in Tremble, The Ecco Press)


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