University of North Dakota

UND Writers Conference Reading: Molly McCully Brown

“…this exploration of an actual government-run facility in Virginia confronts the marvels and failings of the body, and how the spirit transcends it. It’s an urgent book.” – Pleiades Editors’ Picks for Best Books of 2017

The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded "is part history lesson, part séance, part ode to dread." ~New York Times 

Drawing inspiration from her research on the Virginia Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded, best known for its role in the Supreme Court Case of Buck v. Bell (274 U.S. 200 (1927)), which declared state-imposed sterilization constitutional, Brown imagines the inner lives of the inmates of the Virginia Colony, as well as other state schools and institutions like it. 

About the Author:
Molly McCully Brown is the author of The Virginia State Colony For Epileptics and Feebleminded (Persea Books, 2017), which won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. Raised in rural Virginia, she is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Stanford University, and the University of Mississippi, where she received her MFA in poetry.

Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, Crazyhorse, The New York Times, Pleiades, Ninth Letter, Kenyon Review, Image, Colorado Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She’s been the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from United States Artists, the Civitella Ranieri foundation, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the University of Mississippi, where she was a John and Renée Grisham fellow.

She is the 2017-2018 Jeff Baskin Writers Fellow at The Oxford American magazine, where she is at work on a collection of essays about disability, poetry, religion, and the American South that explores the relationship between the body and that intangible other we sometimes call the soul.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Memorial Union, Ballroom
2901 University Ave, Grand Forks, ND 58202

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