Julie Phillips Brown is a poet, critic, painter, and book artist, as well as the Founding Editor of House Mountain Review. After earning an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. at Cornell University, she served as the N.E.H. Post-Doctoral Fellow in Poetics at Emory University’s Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. In both her critical and creative practices, she focuses on the intersections of 19th-21st C poetry and poetics, visual art, the history of the book and book arts, digital technology, and race, gender, and sexuality. Dr. Brown is currently completing a scholarly monograph, Tactual Poïesis: Material Translation in Contemporary Women’s Poetry, an examination of tactile innovations in contemporary women’s poetry.

Her first collection of poems, The Adjacent Possible, won the 2019 Hopper Poetry Prize and will be published by Green Writers Press in 2020. Other poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Borderlands, Columbia Poetry Review, Conjunctions, Contemporary Women’s Writing, Crab Orchard Review, Denver Quarterly, Harbor Review, The Fight & The Fiddle, interim, Jacket2, Nashville Review, The Oakland Review, Plume, Posit, Rappahannock Review, Tahoma Literary Review, Talisman, Vinyl, Yemassee, and elsewhere.

She currently lives in Lexington, Virginia, where she is an Associate Professor of English at Virginia Military Institute.


Ph.D. English Language and Literature, Cornell University (2011)

M.A. English Language and Literature, Cornell University (2009)

M.F.A. Creative Writing (Poetry), Cornell University (2008)

M.A. English Literature, University of Pennsylvania (2005)

B.A. English Literature, Fine Arts, and Visual Studies (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), University of Pennsylvania (2005)


Blog Posts

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    February 20-22: American Literature Association Symposium on American Poetry
    Chair & Panelist, American Elegy, Now: “‘Dark blue feeling’: The Temporal Erotics of Black Elegy”

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