Faculty for 2016-2017

Marcia Robertson

Chair of the English Department

P | 434-381-6277
E | robertson@sbc.edu


John Gregory Brown

Director of the Creative Writing Program

P | 434-381-6434
E | brown@sbc.edu

English Department
Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar, VA 24595


Nell Boeschenstein

Nell BoeschensteinVisiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing

P | 434-381-6181
E | nboeschenstein@sbc.edu
O | Fletcher Hall | Second Floor, 202

B.A., English | Dartmouth College
M.F.A., Creative Writing | Columbia University

Nell Boeschenstein’s work has appeared in The Guardian, Newsweek, The Morning News, The Rumpus, The Millions, Guernica and elsewhere. She is a former staff member of “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross and “BackStory with the American History Guys.”


Carrie Brown

Carrie BrownMargaret Banister Writer-in-Residence

P | 434-381-6575
E | cbrown@sbc.edu
O | Fletcher Hall | Second Floor, 203A

B.A., English | Brown University
M.F.A., Creative Writing | University of Virginia

Carrie Brown is the author of seven acclaimed novels — most recently “The Stargazer’s Sister” — 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, the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for work by an American woman writer, the Great Lakes Book Award, and, twice, the Library of Virginia Award for fiction. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in many journals including Tin House, The Southern Review, One Story, Glimmer Train, The Georgia Review, and The Oxford American. Her work has been translated into several languages.


John Gregory Brown

John Gregory BrownJulia Jackson Nichols Professor of English
Director of the Creative Writing Program

P | 434-381-6434
E | brown@sbc.edu
O | Fletcher Hall | Second Floor, 204

B.A., English | Tulane University
M.A., English | Louisiana State University
M.A., The Writing Seminars | Johns Hopkins University

John Gregory Brown is the author of the 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.


Eric Caldwell

Eric CaldwellAssistant Professor of English
Director of the Blue Ridge Summer Institute for Young Artists (BLUR)
Member of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program Committee

P | 434-381-6178
E | ecaldwell@sbc.edu
O | Fletcher Hall | Third Floor, 311

B.A., Philosophy; English | University of Iowa
M.A., English Language and Literature | University of Illinois, Chicago
Ph.D., English Language and Literature | University of Virginia

Prof. Caldwell teaches Romantic and Victorian British literature, with a particular emphasis on the lyric and the novel. His dissertation, “The Poetics of Renaissance Subjectivity,” explores the ways in which Renaissance writers conceive of subjectivity as a distinctly erotic and specular phenomenon. He is presently completing two articles — one that explores the erotic underpinnings of Richard III’s rather disastrous tragedy, and another that examines Augustine’s conception of scripture as a specular instrument that redeems the gazer by offering him two very different images: an image of who he is, and one of who he ought to be.


Monica Dalton

Adjunct Instructor of English

P | 434-381-6251
E | mpdalton@sbc.edu
O | Fletcher Hall | Third Floor, 312

B.A., English | Lynchburg College
M.A., English | Lynchburg College

Monica Dalton has taught writing, grammar, linguistics and literature at public and private colleges, and has also taught in the public school system.


Carter Hailey

Carter HaileyAdjunct Assistant Professor of English

P | 434-381-6127
E | chailey@sbc.edu
O | Fletcher Hall | Third Floor, 302

B.A., English | College of William and Mary
M.A., English Language and Literature | University of Virginia
Ph.D., English Language and Literature | University of Virginia

Prof. Hailey teaches writing, as well as medieval literature, including courses on Chaucer, Arthurian narrative, Middle English romance, the history of the English language, and Old English language and literature. He has held several research fellowships and publishes on the intersection of book and manuscript history with literary culture from the 14th through the 18th centuries, most recently contributing to the first critical edition of the poetry of Anne Finch, Countess of Winchelsea (d. 1720). He is the designer/builder of Hailey’s COMET portable optical collator, a primary tool for critical editors, and is a former Garlic King of Virginia.


Lindsay Stuart Hill

Lindsay Stuart HillVisiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing

P | 434-381-6220
E | lhill@sbc.edu
O | Fletcher Hall | Second Floor, 203B

B.A., English with a Writing Concentration | Goucher College
M.F.A., Poetry | University of Virginia

Lindsay Stuart Hill’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, The Southern Review, Five Points, Barrow Street, Salamander, and North American Review. Her chapbook, “One Life,” was published by Finishing Line Press. She was the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize at the University of Virginia.


Tony Lilly

Tony LillyAssociate Professor of English
Member of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program Committee

P | 434-381-6289
E | alilly@sbc.edu
O | Fletcher Hall | Third Floor, 315

A.A. | Bard College at Simon’s Rock
B.A., Literary Studies | Bard College at Simon’s Rock
M.A., English | Tufts University
Ph.D., English | Tufts University

Prof. Lilly teaches 16th- and 17th-century British literature, including Shakespeare, as well as courses in poetry, sexual diversity in literature and literary theory. His most recent article examines the rhetorical strategies of the 16th-century Protestant martyr Anne Askew. His current work explores the way psychoanalytical diagnostic categories help us understand different uses of language in early modern drama. Another research project, also based in contemporary psychoanalytic theory, investigates the role of imagination and affect in pedagogy. Prof. Lilly teaches in the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program and in the Gender Studies Program, is the Sweet Briar liaison to the Virginia Program at Oxford, and is the advisor for the student organization GLOW (Gay, Lesbian, or Whomever).


Cheryl Mares

Sara Shallenberger Brown Professor of English
Member of the Gender Studies Program Committee

P | 434-381-6238
E | mares@sbc.edu
O | Fletcher Hall | Third Floor, 313

B.A., History | University of Colorado, Boulder
M.A., Comparative Literature | Princeton University
Ph.D., Comparative Literature | Princeton University

Prof. Mares teaches modern and contemporary fiction and poetry, including post-colonial literature. Her research interests involve connections between literature, history and politics in contemporary fiction and in works by modernist writers, especially Virginia Woolf and Marcel Proust, on whom she has published a number of articles.


Marcia Robertson

Marcia RobertsonAssociate Professor of English
Member of the Gender Studies Program Committee

P | 434-381-6277
E | robertson@sbc.edu
O | Fletcher Hall | Third Floor, 310

B.A., English | Augustana College
M.A., English and American Literature | Washington University
Ph.D., English and American Literature | Washington University

Prof. Robertson teaches American literature, including African-American and Native American writers. She also teaches courses in autobiography, nature writing and, most recently, speculative fiction. Her research interests are in regional literature, especially the literature of the South. She writes extensively for Choice Reviews.