John Gregory Brown
Julia Jackson Nichols Professor of English
Director of Creative Writing
B.A., Tulane University
M.A., Louisiana State University
M.A., The Writing Seminars, Johns Hopkins University
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Professor Brown is the director of the creative writing program and teaches workshops on writing fiction. He is the author of the novels “Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery,” “The Wrecked,” “Blessed Body of Shelton Lafleur,” and “Audubon's Watch.” He has received a Lyndhurst Prize, the Lillian Smith Award and the Steinbeck Award.

John Casteen

John Casteen
Associate Professor
B.A., University of Virginia
M.F.A., Iowa Writers’ Workshop, University of Iowa

John Casteen is the author of two books of poems, “Free Union” and “For the Mountain Laurel.” His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Slate.com, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Shenandoah, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, and other magazines. Casteen has taught on Semester at Sea three times, and focuses his teaching and writing on global citizenship. He also partners twice each year with Sweet Briar’s Outdoor Program for reflective retreats in Shenandoah National Park. He is the founder and director of the college’s Creative Writing Conference, which takes place each spring. His recent work includes essays and poems combined with still images and video footage from travel in China and Peru.


Nell Boeschenstein
Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A., Dartmouth College
M.F.A., Columbia University
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Nell Boeschenstein’s work has appeared in The Guardian, Newsweek, The Morning News, The Rumpus, The Millions, Guernica, and elsewhere. She is a former staff member at Fresh Air with Terry Gross and BackStory with the American History Guys. She has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University.

Jeff Martin
Jeff Martin
Adjunct Assistant Professor
B.A., Duke University
M.Ed., University of Virginia
M.F.A., University of North Carolina-Greensboro

Jeff Martin’s stories have appeared in Mississippi Review, Sou’wester, storySouth, and The Greensboro Review, among others, and he has work forthcoming inThe Florida Review and Drunken Boat. He earned his M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and splits his time between Charlottesville, where he is associate director of the University of Virginia’s Young Writers Workshop, and Sweet Briar, where he is the Young Writers Fellow.