Faculty Profile for Dr. Drea Brown

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Dr. Drea Brown
Assistant Professor — English
phone: (512) 245-3822

Biography Section

Biography and Education

drea brown is a queer Black feminist poet-scholar whose writing has appeared in journals and anthologies such as Stand Our Ground: Poems for Marissa Alexander and Trayvon Martin, the Smithsonian Magazine, Southern Indiana Review, Bellingham Review and About Place Journal. drea is the author of dear girl: a reckoning, winner of the Gold Line Press 2014 chapbook prize, and co-editor of Teaching Black: The Craft of Teaching on Black Life and Literature (2021). Their current research explores the role of haunting in Black women’s literature and lived experiences.

BA Hollins University, English & Creative Writing
MFA University of Oregon, Poetry & Poetics, Women & Gender Studies
PhD African& African Diaspora Studies, Women& Gender Studies

Teaching Interests

20th & 21st century Black literature, Black women's intellectual traditions, Black feminisms, poetry and poetics, Black speculative writing, haunting & horror

Research Interests

Black women's literary traditions, Black feminisms, poetry and poetics, haunting

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • brown, drea, & Lara, A. M. (Eds.). (2021). Teaching Black: The Craft of Teaching on Black Life and Literature. Pittsburgh, PA, US: University of Pittsburgh Press.
  • brown, drea. (2021). “Conjuring the Ghost: A Call and Response to Haints.” Hypatia Journal of Feminist Philosophy, 36(Special Issue-Conjure Feminisms: Tracing the Genealogy of a Black Women’s Intellectual Tradition), 485–502. https://doi.org/:10.1017/hyp.2021.41
  • brown, drea. (2015). dear girl: a reckoning. Los Angeles, CA, US: Gold Line Press.
  • brown, drea. (n.d.). How Strangely Changed: Phillis Wheatley and a Tale of Two Niobes. In M. Telo & A. Benjamin (Eds.), Niobes: Antiquity, Modernity, Critical Theory. Columbus, OH, US: The Ohio State University.
  • brown, drea. (2023). karintha at dusk noon and midnight. In Anne deMarcken, D. Exavier, & C. Syrah (Eds.), Cane: A New Critical Edition & Oracle Deck. The 3rd Thing Press.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Nominee: Best of the Net: Poetry, About Place Journal. October 2021 - Present
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Pushcart Prize, About Place Journal. November 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Merit Award, Bryant University. May 7, 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Deans List Honoree, UT Austin. 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Gold Line Press Chapbook Prize, Gold Line Press. 2015

Selected Grants

  • brown, drea (Principal). Research Enhancement Program, Texas State University, Institutional (Higher Ed), $8000. (Submitted: October 2021, Funded: 2022 - Present). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

African American Studies Minor Advisory Board
October 2023-Present
Black Women Writers Series
March 2022-Present
MA Literature Exams
October 2021-Present
Black Studies Writing Group
January 2020-Present
Coordinator / Organizer
August 2015-Present