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John Brown

John Gregory Brown
Julia Jackson Nichols Professor of English

Sweet Briar College

John Brown

A native of New Orleans, John Gregory Brown is director of creative writing at Sweet Briar College, where he has lived and taught for 22 years. He is the author of four novels: “Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery”; “The Wrecked, Blessed Body of Shelton Lafleur”; “Audubon’s Watch”; and “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere.” His honors include a Lyndhurst Prize, the Lillian Smith Award, the John Steinbeck Award, a Howard Foundation fellowship, and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Book of the Year Award.
In addition to a broad array of creative-writing workshops, he has taught honors seminars on topics ranging from the contemporary world epic and biographical fiction to “Art From the Ashes: The Literature of 9/11.” He proposed and coordinated an International Writers Series that through the years has brought acclaimed writers from around the world to Sweet Briar including Derek Walcott, Azar Nafisi, Salman Rushdie, Ha Jin, Nuruddin Farah, Sindiwe Magona and Homero Aridjis. He is a longtime member of the board of Amherst County’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and he is married to the novelist Carrie Brown, who is the Margaret Banister Writer-in-Residence at Sweet Briar. They have three children and a new grandchild.

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