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Brendan Mathews

Professor Brendan Mathews

Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Literature;
Division Head, Languages & Literature;
Seminar 3 Coordinator

Contact

Hall College Center

Academic Program Affiliation(s)

Languages & Literature, Creative Writing, Literary Studies

Areas of Specialization

  • Creative writing (fiction)
  • Modern Irish literature
  • Contemporary literature

Interests

Research Interests: 20th century Ireland, 1930s New York City, photography, film

Teaching Interests: Creative writing, literature and the formation of national identity, adaptation, graphic novels, the short story

Favorite/Regular Course Offered

  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Fiction Workshop
  • Literary Reinvention
  • Literature & Film
  • Modern Irish Literature
  • Focus: Ulysses
  • Focus: Chekhov
  • Contemporary African Literature
  • 21st Century Literature

Biography

MFA, University of Virginia
BA (Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

In 2014, Mr. Mathews was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar in Ireland, where he was Fulbright Visiting Professor at University College Cork. His debut novel, The World of Tomorrow, will be published in September 2017 by Little, Brown & Co. His stories have twice appeared in Best American Short Stories (2010 & 2014), as well as in Virginia Quarterly Review, Salon, Glimmer Train, and other magazines in the U.S. and U.K. Mr. Mathews has been teaching at Simon's Rock since 2007.

Highlights

Honors & Awards

  • Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant (2015)
  • Martha Boschen Porter Fund Grant (2015)
  • Fulbright U.S. Scholar Teaching & Research Award (2014)
  • Artist Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council (2012)
  • Emily Clark Balch Prize, Virginia Quarterly Review (2007)
  • McGinnis-Ritchie Prize, Southwest Review (2007)
  • Stanley Elkin Scholarship, Sewanee Writers Conference (2006)

Selected Writing