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 and was named a New York Times Critics’ Top Book of 2017. 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.
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. She’s been the recipient of fellowships from United States Artists, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and the trust of Jeannette Haien Ballard.
She is the 2017-2018 Jeff Baskin Writers Fellow at The Oxford American magazine, and at work on both a collection of essays, and a collaborative collection of poems with the writer Susannah Nevison. The recipient of the 2018-2019 Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, beginning in August 2018 she will live in Bologna, Italy.