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Professor of Literary Arts, Brown University, Rhode Island

Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellow in Fiction - Class of Spring 2018

Carole Maso, a novelist and essayist known for her experimental, poetic, and fragmentary narratives, has been a professor of Literary Arts at Brown University since 1995. She has also taught at Illinois State University, The George Washington University, and Columbia University. A fellow at the American Academy in Rome in 2015, Maso is also the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and various grants. She received her BA in English from Vassar College.


Since the publication of her first novel, Ghost Dance (North Point Press, 1986), Maso has published nine books, including the novels The Art Lover (North Point Press, 1990), AVA, (Dalkey Archive Press, 1993), The American Woman in the Chinese Hat (Dalkey Archive Press, 1994), Defiance (Dutton, 1998), and Mother & Child (Counterpoint, 2012), as well as prose poem sequences, essays, and a memoir.

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