Peggy Herring
Administrative Assistant
English, Rhetoric, & Humanistic Studies

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Lexington, VA  24450 

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Julie P. Brown, Ph.D.

Brown, JulieAssistant Professor
English, Rhetoric, & Humanistic Studies

Ph.D. - Cornell University
M.F.A. - Cornell University
M.A. - University of Pennsylvania
B.A. - University of Pennsylvania

206 Scott Shipp Hall
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA  24450
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MAJ Julie Phillips Brown joins the VMI faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies. Prior to her appointment at VMI, she served as the N.E.H. Postdoctoral Fellow in Poetics at the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University. MAJ Brown completed her graduate work at Cornell University, where she earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English Literature.

Trained as a poet, painter, graphic designer, scholar, and teacher, MAJ Brown is deeply interested in the intersections of poetry and poetics, the history of the book and book arts, typography, visual art and performance, digital media and technologies, and gender and sexuality. Interdisciplinary inquiry and practice are central to her courses, which include Genre Studies: Poetry, Visual Arts Studio: Painting, Digital Rhetorics, and American Literature in a Cultural Context: Race in the American South. MAJ Brown also serves as the Executive Editor of Sounding Brass, VMI’s journal of literature and the creative arts.

MAJ Brown is currently completing a scholarly monograph, Tactual Poïesis, an examination of tactile innovations in contemporary women’s poetry, as well as a book of interviews with living women poets, Conversations with Other Women. Her book-length meditation on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Immemorial, is currently in draft, featuring several poems with excerpts from archival materials in VMI’s Civil War collections.

MAJ Brown’s publications & presentations include:

  • “Return of the Disappeared: Cecilia Vicuña’s Saboramis.” Forthcoming in American Women Poets of the 21st Century, Volume 3. Eds. Claudia Rankine and Lisa Sewell. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press.
  • “Our Bodies, Our Screens.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, GA, November 2013.
  • “That Was Now, This Is Then.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, GA, November 2013.
  • “Retorno de los Desaparecidos / Return of the Disappeared.” Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts, Greensboro, NC, October 2013.
  • “After Blue Front: An Interview with Martha Collins.” Studies in American Culture 36.1 (2013).
  • “Toward a Tactile Poetics.” The Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, January 2013.