Literary Arts

The Department of Literary Arts expresses the solidarity of its community in protesting and addressing anti-Black violence, systemic and entrenched racism, and the ongoing legacy of historic racism. Here are direct links  to the Department's full statement on Black Lives Matter and one to an open letter to the university administration from the Graduate Student Community.

Because of COVID-19, the Department of Literary Arts is working remotely at present. If you need to reach us, please email us at [email protected]. For specific administrative questions, you can find email addresses for specific members of the Literary Arts administration here.  Faculty email addresses can be found on the department's faculty pages, here.  To all our community: stay safe and healthy (and keep writing)!

Welcome to Literary Arts at Brown

For fifty years, Literary Arts at Brown University has been a creative and intellectual center for a diverse and innovative literary community. Along with a handful of other writing programs nationwide, Brown provides a home for  writers who are envisioning new paths in fiction, poetry, digital language arts, and mixed media. 

The online MFA application may be accessed starting around the middle of September; the deadline is 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time 15 December. No late applications will be considered and no changes/updates to applications or writing samples will be accepted.

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The banner artwork for this website is a detail from a page from
Camp Printing by Rosmarie Waldrop, in a design by Martha Meier.