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Molly McCully Brown

Assistant Professor and Director of Creative Writing

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Molly McCully Brown joined the UW faculty in 2023 as Director of Creative Writing. She is the author of the essay collection Places I’ve Taken My Body (Persea Books, 2020) and the poetry collection The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded (Persea Books, 2017). With Susannah Nevison, she is also the co-author of the poetry collection In the Field Between Us (Persea Books, 2020). Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Yale Review, Best American Essays 2021, The New York Times and elsewhere. She’s been the recipient of a United States Artists fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Foundation fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, and a Jeff Baskin Writers fellowship from the Oxford American magazine. You can find her online at


M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Mississippi

B.A., English, Stanford University

A.A., English, Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Selected Publications:

Fragment and Whole,” Personal Best: Makers on Their Poems That Matter Most, Copper Canyon Press,

forthcoming October 2023

“Fragments, Never Sent,” The Lyric Essay as Resistance, Wayne State University Press, March 2023

“The Broken Country,” Wanting: Women Writing About Desire, Catapult, February 2023

“How to Come to Rest,” Poetry Northwest, February 2023

“How We Survive,” West Branch, May 2022

Be Not Afraid: Lessons in Life and Loss from Seamus Heaney’s Final Words,” the Financial Times

Magazine, March 2021

“10 Books About the Body,” The Guardian, March 2021

The World Assumes Disabled People are Sexless,” British Vogue, March 2021

“If You Are Permanently Lost,” Best American Travel Writing 2020, Mariner Books, November 2020

Places I’ve Taken My Body: Essays,  Persea Books (United States, June 2020); Faber & Faber (United

Kingdom, March 2021)

In the Field Between Us, co-written with Susannah Nevison, poetry, (Persea Books, June 2020)

If You Are Permanently Lost,” the Paris Review, January 2020

“The Skin You’re In,” the Yale Review, January 2020

The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded,  (Persea Books, March 2017)

Teaching & Research Interests

Creative Nonfiction; Poetry and Poetics; Disability Studies; The Public Humanities; Public Memory; American Eugenics; The American South; Memoir; The Lyric Essay & Hybrid Forms; Narrative Medicine.

Contact Us

Creative Writing Program
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-6452