Literary Arts

Woodruff Library

Emory's literary assets serve as a catalyst for innovative research and attract talented, ambitious, creative thinkers who want to be a part of one of world's leading universities for writers and students of writing.

Our faculty includes award-winning playwrights, fiction writers and poets, among them the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate. An infusion of new talent among faculty, staff and students is expanding what it means to be a writer in the 21st century. And the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library is now one of the nation's fastest-growing humanities research libraries.

Scholars and writers use the distinctive primary materials housed on Emory's campus for scholarship and teaching. Students access great works of literary art and observe the creative process first-hand, which strengthens their research skills and expands their perspectives.

The university regularly sponsors public events to engage the broader community with special collections and scholars' contributions on campus.

Literary Arts and Academics

Programs and Departments

Author Development

Emory's Center for Faculty Development and Excellence supports faculty writing and publishing.

Creative Writing Program

The English department program, ranked as the nation's best, features accomplished faculty and guest lecturers.

Creative Writing Fellowships

Young writers with recent advanced degrees in creative writing gain teaching experience and time to finish a manuscript.

Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature

The biannual lecture series, named in honor of the late Robert W. Woodruff Professor Richard Ellmann, brings some of the world's top literary figures to campus.

Emory Center for Digital Scholarship

Library-based experts assist faculty and students with the development of innovative digital projects.

Emory Writing Center

Students work one-on-one with writing tutors.

English Department

Classes emphasize interdisciplinary scholarship, digital environments and a writing-intensive undergraduate experience.

World Shakespeare Project

A teaching collaboration forges ties with faculty and students in other countries and serves as an educational model for international partnerships.

Faculty Experts

Scholars on Campus

Our faculty features award-winning playwrights, fiction writers and poets, including:

Shoshana Felman: Woodruff Professor of Comparative Literature and French; 19th- and 20th-century French, English and American literature

Jim Grimsley: Senior Resident Fellow in Creative Writing; Award-winning playwright and novelist

Lawrence Jackson: Professor of English and African American Studies; 19th- and 20th-century African American literature and culture

Abdul JanMohamed: Augustus Baldwin Longstreet Chair in English and African American Studies; 20th-century African American fiction and postcolonial literature

Walter Kalaidjian: Professor of English; 20th-century American literature; Editor of the Cambridge Companion to American Modernism

Salman Rushdie: University Distinguished Professor; Booker Prize-winning novelist

Joseph Skibell: Professor of Creative Writing; Director of The Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature; Award-winning novelist

Natasha Trethewey: Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing; Director of the Creative Writing Program; 19th U.S. Poet Laureate; Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

Kevin Young: Atticus Haygood Professor of Creative Writing and English, and Curator of Literary Collections and Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at MARBL; Award-winning poet and author

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