The Literary Arts MFA Program at Brown is structured to allow graduate student writers maximum possible time for creative and intellectual exploration. Students attend two courses per semester: a writing workshop and an elective. Elective courses may be selected from among the full offerings of the Brown University curriculum. In years past, students have taken courses in literature, history, philosophy, theater arts, modern culture and media, religious studies, and foreign languages. Studio fine arts courses and translation workshops are often appropriate choices – as are workshops offered on special topics or in other genres.


The program offers full funding. The program offers teaching assistantships and fellowships, both of which include a full tuition waiver, health insurance, health fee, and monthly stipend.


Core faculty include:

Poetry: Sawako Nakayasu, Eleni Sikelianos, Cole Swensen Fiction: Colin Channer, Laird Hunt, Karan Mahajan, Carole Maso Cross Disciplinary & Digital Language Arts: John Cayley, Thalia Field

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Submission Guidelines

$75, three recommendations, transcripts, personal statement, 15-20 pages of poetry, 30-40 pages of prose

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