Carrie Brown

Carrie Brown
Associate Professor of English
Margaret Banister Writer-in-Residence
B.A., Brown University
M.F.A., University of Virginia

Carrie Brown teaches workshops and special topics courses on writing fiction. She is the author of five novels and a collection of short stories. She has won many awards for her work, including a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. She is twice the recipient of the Library of Virginia Book Award. Her most recent novel, “The Rope Walk,” was published by Pantheon in the spring of 2007.


John Gregory Brown
Julia Jackson Nichols Professor of English
Director of Creative Writing
B.A., Tulane University
M.A., Louisiana State University
M.A., The Writing Seminars, Johns Hopkins University

Professor Brown is the director of the creative writing program and teaches workshops on writing fiction. He is the author of the novels “Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery,” “The Wrecked,” “Blessed Body of Shelton Lafleur,” and “Audubon's Watch.” He has received a Lyndhurst Prize, the Lillian Smith Award and the Steinbeck Award.

John Casteen

John Casteen
Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A., University of Virginia
M.F.A., University of Iowa

John Casteen is the author of “Free Union” (University of Georgia Press, 2009) and “For the Mountain Laurel” (UGA Press, 2011). His poems have appeared recently in The Paris Review, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, Shenandoah and other magazines; his nonfiction has appeared at Slate.com and in The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Virginia Quarterly Review. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Casteen has also taught at the University of Virginia and twice on Semester at Sea. He founded and directs the Sweet Briar Undergraduate Creative Writing Conference, which takes place at the College each spring.









Nell Boeschenstein
Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing
B.A., Dartmouth College
M.F.A., Columbia University

Before coming to Sweet Briar to teach creative nonfiction, Nell Boeschenstein served as the associate producer of online media for the NPR radio program “Fresh Air.” Her essays have appeared in The Rumpus, This Recording, The Millions and The Morning News, where she is a contributing writer.