Dr. Julie Phillips Brown
Department of English, Rhetoric, & Humanistic Studies
Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia 24450
Associate Professor of English, Department of English, Rhetoric, & Humanistic Studies, Virginia Military Institute (2019-present)
Assistant Professor of English, Department of English, Rhetoric, & Humanistic Studies, Virginia Military Institute (2013-19)
N.E.H. Post-Doctoral Fellow in Poetics, The Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University (2012-13)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of English, Whitman College (2011-12)
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)
The Adjacent Possible (poems). Winner of the 2019 Hopper Poetry Prize (forthcoming from Green Writers Press in 2020). Press announcement online at: http://www.hoppermag.org/the-adjacent-possible
Programming for Electrical Engineers: Matlab and Spice, with Dr. James C. Squire, P.E. (under contract)
Refereed Journal Articles
“Archival Theater: Susan Howe’s Tactile Elegies.” (forthcoming in “Women and Archives” special issue of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature) [P]
“Otherbreath: Bare Life and the Limits of Self in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen.” “Extreme Texts” special issue, ed. Divya Victor, Jacket2 (2019). Online at: http://jacket2.org/article/otherbreath [P]
“Hinged-Pictures: the Material Poetics of Punctuation.” Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics 46 (2018). Online at: https://www.talismanmag.net/brown1.html [P]
“‘touch in transit’: manifestation / manifestación in Cecilia Vicuña’s cloud-net.” Contemporary Women’s Writing 5.3 (2011): 208-231. [P]
“Return of the Disappeared: Cecilia Vicuña’s Saboramis.” (forthcoming in North American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Beyond Lyric and Language. Eds. Lisa Sewell and Kazim Ali. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press) [P]
“Testimony by Hand: Ann Hamilton’s myein.” Mixed Messages: American Correspondences in Visual and Verbal Practices. Eds. Catherine Gander and Sarah Garland. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2016. [P]
“‘touch in transit’: manifestation / manifestación en cloud-net por Cecilia Vicuña.” Vicuñiana: El Arte y la Poesía de Cecilia Vicuña: un Diálogo Sur/Norte. Ed. Meredith Clark. Santiago, Chile: Cuarto Proprio, 2016. [P]
Critical Introductions & Reviews
“alice by moonlight: Anastacia-Reneé’s s(heroism) & survivals.” The Fight & The Fiddle 2.1 (2018). Online at: https://fightandfiddle.com/2018/07/20/alice-by-moonlight-anastacia-renees-sheroism-and-survivals/ [P]
“To reconcile the people with the stones.” Review of Martha Collins’s Day Unto Day and Night Unto Night. Plume 82 (2018). Online at: http://plumepoetry.com/2018/04/book-review-martha-collins/
“Cecilia Vicuña.” Angels of the Americlypse: An Anthology of New Latin@ Writing. Eds. John Chavez and Carmen Giménez Smith. Denver: Counterpath Press, 2014.
Review of “The Small Space of a Pause”: Susan Howe’s Poetry and the Spaces Between. Reconfigurations: A Journal for Poetics & Poetry 4 (2010). Online at: http://reconfigurations.blogspot.com/2010/11/julie-brown-review-joyces-susan-howe.html
Author interview. Rappahannock Review 5.2. (2018). Online at: http://rappahannockreview.com/issue-5-2/interviews/interview-5-2-julie-phillips-brown/
“After Blue Front: A Conversation with Martha Collins.” Studies in American Culture 36.1 (2013).
“Asilos” & “Bop: Lunatia Heros.” (forthcoming in Yemassee, 2019)
“Anniversary.” Nashville Review 29 (2019). Online at: https://as.vanderbilt.edu/nashvillereview/archives/15541
“When You Are Three.” Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review 50 (2019): 5.
“Underunder.” Harbor Review 3 (2019). Online at: https://www.harbor-review.com/issue-3-blue
“Lexington, Virginia.” Crab Orchard Review 24.1 (2019): 7-9. Online at: https://issuu.com/craborchardreview/docs/crab_orchard_review_vol_24__no_1_ge_a4630ae869f3a7
“When I Am Six [after Aimee Nezhukumatathil].” The Oakland Review 44 (2019): 110.
“Love in the Time of Intelligence Augmentation.” The Speakeasy Project Anthology (2019). Online at: https://www.thespeakeasyproject.net/group-7-chen-chen-summer-2018
“Thesis.” Vinyl (2019). https://vinylpoetryandprose.com/2019/02/julie-phillips-brown/
Excerpt from The Adjacent Possible. Posit 20 (2019). Online at: https://positjournal.com/2019/01/28/julie-phillips-brown
Excerpt from Immemorial. Interim 35.3 (2018). Online at: https://www.interimpoetics.org/35-3/julie-phillips-brown
“Lee-Jackson Day, after Charlottesville.” Tahoma Literary Review 12 (2018): 148.
“Goshen.” Rappahannock Review 5.2 (2018). Online at: http://rappahannockreview.com/issue-5-2/contents/poetry/julie-phillips-brown/
Excerpt from The Adjacent Possible. Peregrine (2015).
“If something should happen.” delirious hem (2010). Online at: http://delirioushem.blogspot.com/2010/03/for-mama-lucille-julie-phillips-brown.html
Excerpt from The Adjacent Possible. Denver Quarterly 42.4 (2008): 8-12.
Excerpt from Rhetorical Theater. Columbia Poetry Review 21 (2008): 114.
Excerpt from Fantomina. Conjunctions (2008). Online at: http://www.conjunctions.com/online/article/julie-phillips-brown-03-07-2008
Immemorial. Hand-bound edition of 20, 6.5 x 11 inches, 12pp. Atlanta, GA & Lexington, VA, 2013-16.
w/rest. Hand-bound edition of 6, 4 x 5.5 inches, 57pp. Ithaca, NY, 2008.
Nine Tankas. Hand-bound edition of 80, 2.3 x 2.3 inches, 11pp. Ithaca, NY, 2006.
Rhetorical Theater. Hand-bound edition of 12, 4 x 5 inches, 38pp. Ithaca, NY, 2006.
“A Quantitative Study on the Effects of Studio Art Training on Proficiency in Statics,” with Dr. Gerald Sullivan and Dr. Jon-Michael-Hardin. IDETC2018 Official Proceedings, ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Science, 2018.
“Pedagogy and ‘Technologies of Poetic Imagination.’” Kblog. Kelsey St. Press, 2009. Online at: http://www.kelseyst.com/news/2009/03/08/pedagogy-and-technologies-of-poetic-imagination-guest-blogger-julie-phillips-brown/
“Pronto, Let’s Go.” Shen Valley Magazine 3 (2019): 16-17.
“Generosities of Hand: Crafting Community at Make Waynesboro Clay Studio.” Shen Valley Magazine 2 (2019): 44-49.
Publications in Progress
Tactual Poïesis: Material Translation in Contemporary Women’s Poetry (scholarly monograph)
Grace (non-fiction manuscript)
Chimera (hand-bound artist’s book, edition of 14, 6 x 10 inches, 24pp. Lexington, VA)
“‘Dark blue feeling’: Time and the Erotics of Black Elegy” (essay)
Honors, Grants, & Fellowships
2019, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, The University of the South.
2019, The Berkshire Prize, Tupelo Press (runner-up, judged by Oliver de la Paz).
2019, The Washington Prize, The Word Works (semi-finalist).
2019, Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Competition (semi-finalist, judged by Brenda Hillman).
2017, Jackson-Hope Grant for New Directions in Teaching and Research: “Fine Arts Collaborations with Engineering: 3D Scanning & Modeling for Artists & Engineers.” Co-PI with Dr. Gerald Sullivan, Virginia Military Institute ($42,000).
2016, Grant-in-Aid of Research: “Artists’ Books in Theory and Practice.” Virginia Military Institute ($2,600).
2015, Jesse Ball duPont Summer Seminar, National Humanities Center.
2014, Institute Grant for Teaching and Research: “CyberPost: VMI Cyber Center, Integrating Informatics and Humanities for Enhanced Cyber Value, Intelligence, and Productivity.” Co-PI with Dr. Mohamed Eltoweissy, Virginia Military Institute, 2014 ($100,000).
2013, Jackson-Hope Grant for Faculty Development, Virginia Military Institute.
2013, Dean’s Academic Speakers Program Award, Virginia Military Institute.
2010, Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship (finalist).
2010, Colorado Prize for Poetry (finalist).
2010, Cleveland State University First Book Competition (semi-finalist).
2009, Travel Research Grant, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University.
2007, Robert Chasen Memorial Poetry Prize, Cornell University.
2004, William Carlos Williams Graduate Poetry Prize, University of Pennsylvania.
“Toward a Tactile Poetics.” The Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University, January 2013.
“Reading Between Page and Screen.” Invited Speaker Series, School of Literature, Media, & Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology, November 2012.
“Reading as Ritual Response: The Artist’s Books of Cecilia Vicuña.” Modern Language Association, Seattle, WA, January 2020.
“Our Sharp, White American Background: Hypervisibility and Malédiction Corporelle in Citizen.” Northeast Modern Language Association, Washington, DC, March 2019.
“Tactual Poïesis: The Sensorium in Cecilia Vicuña’s Poetry.” Northeast Modern Language Association, Washington, DC, March 2019.
“Otherbreath: Claudia Rankine & Poetic Citizenry in the 21st Century.” Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, Louisville, KY, February 2018.
“Beautiful Meteors: Ways of Knowing in Susan Howe’s My Emily Dickinson and That This.” Northeast Modern Language Association, Baltimore, MD, March 2017.
“Hinged Pictures: Emily Dickinson, Susan Howe, Jen Bervin, and the Material Poetics of Punctuation.” Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Philadelphia, PA, November 2015.
“Hinge-Picture: the Material Poetics of Punctuation.” American Literature Association, Boston, MA, May 2015.
“Extremely Close and Incredibly Slow: Integrated Approaches to (Digital) Literacy.” Virginia Humanities Conference, Washington, DC, April 2015.
“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, Gilford, NC, October 2013.
“The Politics of Cross-Genre Writing in Susan Howe’s The Midnight.” Lifting Belly High: A Conference on Women’s Poetry Since 1900, Pittsburgh, PA, April 2008.
Opening for Luisa Igloria, Washington and Lee University. Lexington, VA, 2018.
World Language Poetry Night. Lexington, VA, 2018.
RARA Benefit Reading. Lexington, VA 2016.
World Language Poetry Night. Lexington, VA, 2016.
Writers at Studio 11. Lexington, VA, 2014.
World Language Poetry Night. Lexington, VA, 2014.
Writers at Studio 11. Lexington, VA, 2013.
MLA Off-Site Reading. Seattle, WA, 2012.
MLA Off-Site Reading. Philadelphia, PA, 2009.
Poem in Your Pocket Day. New York, NY, 2007.
MFA-MFA Exhibition and Reading. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2007.
SOON Productions Reading Series. Ithaca, NY, 2006.
MFA-MFA Exhibition and Reading. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2006.
Virginia Military Institute
Genre Studies: Poetry (8 sections)
Visual Arts Studio: Painting (6 sections)
Digital Rhetorics (5 sections)
Senior Capstone (4 sections)
Ways of Reading (4 sections)
Writing and Rhetoric II (4 sections)
Fieldwork (2 independent studies)
Summer Independent Research (SURI) (2 sections)
American Literary Traditions (1 section)
American Literature in Cultural Context: Race in the American South (1 section)
Writing and Rhetoric I (1 section)
Genre Studies: Fiction (1 section)
Language of Art (1 section)
Poetry in the Expanded Field (1 section)
Language & Writing (2 sections)
Introduction to Poetry (1 section)
Creative Writing (4 sections)
Technologies of Poetic Imagination (2 sections)
Cultural Studies (2 sections)
2019, Faculty Mentor, Aubrey Butto, “Arroser la Vie”: Bearing Witness to the Joint Androgyny of Marcel Duchamp and the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven.” English Honors Thesis, Department of English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies, Virginia Military Institute.
2018, Faculty Mentor, Aubrey Butto, “‘Between this Lovembrace’: The Ancestral Erotics of the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven’s Poetry.” Summer Undergraduate Research Institute, Virginia Military Institute.
2017, Faculty Mentor, Chealsea Sias, “Martha Collins’s Blue Front and Art.” Senior Capstone Project, Department of English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies, Virginia Military Institute.
2016, Faculty Mentor, Sarah Lemon, “Approaching Spoken Word Through an Intersectional Lens.” Senior Capstone Project, Department of English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies, Virginia Military Institute.
2016, Faculty Mentor, Iyan Roseborough, “Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing: A Film Analysis on Speaking Out and Speaking Up the Right Way.” Senior Capstone Project, Department of English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies, Virginia Military Institute.
2016, Faculty Mentor, Sarah Lemon, “‘Unediting’ and Contextualizing Emily Dickinson’s ‘Truth is as Old as God.’” Summer Undergraduate Research Institute, Virginia Military Institute.
2016, Faculty Mentor, Caitlyn Jackson, “The Role of Queer Women Poets in the Gay Rights Movement.” Senior Capstone Project, Department of English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies, Virginia Military Institute.
2013-16, Coordinator, Annual Creative Arts Contest, Virginia Military Institute.
2013, Tutor, Writing Center, Institute Writing Program, Virginia Military Institute.
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
2019, Job Clinic Mentor
2019, Chair, “Navigating Trauma: Pasts, Presents, and Futures in African American Literature” (roundtable). Northeast Modern Language Association, Washington, DC, March 2019.
Virginia Military Institute
2017-present, Digital Humanities Coordinator, Department of English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies.
2017-present, Scott Shipp Hall Renovation Committee.
2017-present, Committee for Academic Technologies.
2015-present, Committee for Enhanced Learning Environments.
2015-18, Extracurricular Events & Sigma Tau Delta Committee, Department of English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies.
2013-17, Institute Scholars Program Selection Committee.
2016, Summer Undergraduate Research Institute Proposal Judge.
2014-15, Art History Search Committee, Department of English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies,.
2013-15, Institute Writing Publications Board.
2013-15, Communications & Marketing Committee. Department of English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies.
2013-14, Rhetoric & Composition Search Committee. Department of English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies.
2012 Jackson Award (Reader), Department of English, Whitman College.
2011-12 Board of Advisors, The Pioneer, Whitman College.
Other Professional Experience
2009, Lecturer, International Teaching Assistant Program, Center for Teaching Excellence, Cornell University.
2008, Teaching Assistant, “Desire,” lead by Professor Ellis Hanson, Cornell University.
2007, Lecturer, International Teaching Assistant Program, Center for Teaching Excellence, Cornell University.
2004-05, Teaching Assistant, “Graphic Design,” University of Pennsylvania.
2000-02, Teaching Assistant, Mellon Writing Program, University of Pennsylvania.
Related Professional Skills
Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver (advanced)
Squarespace, Wordpress (advanced)
Design & Editorial Experience
2013-17, Executive Editor, Cadence: A Journal for Literature and the Arts , Virginia Military Institute.
2005-07, Associate Editor, Epoch, Department of English, Cornell University.
2008-09, Design Consultant, Pale Fire Lounge Project, Department of English, Cornell University.
2008-11, Publicity Coordinator, English Department Roundtable, Department of English, Cornell University.
2004, Graphic Designer, Village of Arts and Humanities, Philadelphia, PA.
Member, Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Member, Modern Language Association
Member, Northeast Modern Language Association
Member, Society for the Study of American Women Writers