Alumni of Brown’s Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in Literary Arts go on to have active careers as fiction writers, as poets, as playwrights, as artists of literary hypermedia, and as university teachers of creative writing, composition and literature. A sampling of awards won by program alumni include MacArthur Fellowships, an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award, Pulitzer Prizes, a Rome Fellowship in Literature, a New England Emmy, a Tony Award, Obies, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, O. Henry Awards, the Iowa Prize for Short Fiction, Stegner Fellowships, a Royamont Fellowship, a National Book Award,  Jerome Fellowships, and Howard Foundation Fellowships, among many others. Books by Literary Arts alumni have been published by dozens of well-known publishers, such as Harcourt Brace & Co.; Routledge; Henry Holt; Houghton Mifflin; Faber & Faber; Viking; Ticknor and Fields; William Morrow; Doubleday; Penguin; Random House; McMillan; and Knopf.  Many alumni also publish their work with distinguished small and mid-sized literary and university presses, including New Directions Publishing, Coffee House Press, McPherson & Co., New York University Press, Paradigm Press, and Oxford University Press.

Plays and musicals by alumni have been produced at the Trinity Repertory Company, the Kennedy Center, Rites and Reasons Theater, Company One, Perseverance Theater, the O’Neill Theater Center, on National Public Radio, in the New York Shakespeare Festival and by the Los Angeles Modern Dance and Ballet.