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Professor, Cadet to Give Readings

FullTextImage/img/@altMaj. Julie Brown

LEXINGTON, Va., Sept. 20, 2013 – A new VMI faculty member and a cadet will be among those reading in the Writers at Studio Eleven series this month.

The reading will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, at Studio Eleven, which is located at 11 S. Jefferson Street, Lexington.

Maj. Julie Brown, assistant professor in the newly reorganized Department of English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies, will read from two of her manuscripts in progress, Fantomina: a fantasia in verse, and Immemorial. The latter is a meditation on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

“I’m quite excited to read from both books and to see how people respond,” said Brown. “This reading is a wonderful opportunity to bring together so many different readers and writers – students, faculty, distinguished visitors and members of the Lexington community – in a generous celebration of literature.”

Brown holds both a master of fine arts degree and a doctorate in English literature from Cornell University. Prior to coming to VMI, she held a post-doctoral fellowship in poetics at Emory University. As she is also a painter and a graphic designer, Brown focuses her work on the relationship between visual arts and literature.

Cadet Tyler Hennelly ’13, a student in Brown’s genre studies poetry class, will also read from his work.

The evening’s featured reader will be poet and historical novelist Sarah Kennedy, head of the English Department at Mary Baldwin College.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Glasgow Endowment at Washington and Lee University and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.