The BFA Writer At Large is a distinguished visiting writer who visits classes, meets with students, and participates in the life of the department each year. In the past, the Writing Department has hosted a Writer-In-Residence, but due to the pandemic, we are currently hosting a Writer At Large instead. Past Writers-in-Residence have included Renee Gladman, TC Tolbert, Michelle Tea, Layli Long Soldier, Kurt Anderson, Jenny Offil, Hilton Als, Francine Prose, Mary Gaitskill, and Jen Hofer.


Simone White

TC TolbertSimone White is the author of or, on being the other woman (forthcoming from Duke University Press in 2021), Dear Angel of Death (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018), Of Being Dispersed (Futurepoem, 2016), and House Envy of All the World (Factory School, 2010), the poetry chapbook, Unrest (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013), and the collaborative poem/painting chapbook, Dolly (with Kim Thomas) (Q Ave, 2008). Her poetry and prose have been featured in Artforum, e-flux, Harper’s Magazine, BOMB Magazine, Chicago Review, The New York Times Book Review, and Harriet: The Blog. Her honors include a 2021 Creative Capital Award, a 2017 Whiting Award in Poetry, Cave Canem Foundation fellowships, and recognition as a New American Poet for the Poetry Society of America in 2013. A graduate of Wesleyan University, she holds a JD from Harvard Law School, an MFA from the New School, and a PhD in English from CUNY Graduate Center. She is the Stephen M. Gorn Family Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and serves on the writing faculty of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. She lives in Brooklyn.