Author, poet, and alumna Molly McCully Brown ’08 returns to Simon’s Rock on Monday, March 27 at 4:00 p.m. in Blodgett House to read from her new book The Virginia State Colony For Epileptics and Feebleminded (Persea Books, 2017).
The winner of the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize, Brown’s first book, written
in poems, has earned praise from the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and The Oxford American for its ability to evoke rich imagery with precise, restrained writing.
“Molly McCully Brown’s first book of poems, “The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded,” is part history lesson, part séance, part ode to dread. It arrives as if clutching a spray of dead flowers. It is beautiful and devastating.” – The New York Times
Brown’s humbling and heartbreaking poems restore dignity to lives sacrificed in the name of perfection” – Publishers Weekly
Brown’s poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast,Pleiades, The Adroit Journal, Image, TriQuarterly Online, Kenyon Review,The Rumpus, Meridian, and elsewhere. Brown grew up in rural Virginia and went on to earn degrees from Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Stanford University. She is currently a John and Renée Grisham Fellow at the University of Mississippi.