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Brendan Mathews

Professor Brendan Mathews

Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Literature

Division Head, Languages & Literature


Hall College Center

Academic Program Affiliation(s)

Languages & Literature, Creative Writing, Literary Studies

Areas of Specialization

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


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


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, was 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.


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