Writers in Residence - Winter Quarter 2000

Rosellen BrownRosellen Brown

Rosellen Brown taught "The Art of Fiction, Hearing Voices: Point of View in Fiction"

Rosellen Brown is a writer of fiction, essays and poetry. Her published works include four novels, The Autobiography of My Mother (1976), Tender Mercies (1978), Civil Wars (1984) and Before and After (1992). The latter was made into a film starring Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson. She has also published a collection of short stories, Street Games: A Neighborhood (1974), as well as three volumes of poetry, Some Deaths on the Delta (1970), Cora Fry (1977), and Cora Fry's Pillow Book (1994). A Rosellen Brown Reader was published in 1992. A new novel, Half a Heart, was published in 2000.

Ms. Brown has been the recipient of numerous awards, including an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters; two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute, the MacDowell Colony, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Bunting Institute, and the Howard Foundation. Civil Wars won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Award for best novel by an American woman in 1984, and Ms. Magazine honored Ms. Brown as one of its twelve women of the year in 1984.

Rosellen Brown taught for many years in the creative writing program at the University of Houston before coming to her present position as a faculty member in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.