The BFA Writer-in-Residence is a distinguished visiting writer who visits classes, meets with students, and participates in the life of the department each year. Past Writers-in-Residence have included TC Tolbert, Michelle Tea, Layli Long Soldier, Kurt Anderson, Jenny Offil, Hilton Als, Francine Prose, Mary Gaitskill, and Jen Hofer.
Renee Gladman is a writer and artist preoccupied with crossings, thresholds, and geographies as they play out at the intersections of poetry, prose, drawing and architecture. She is the author of thirteen published works, including a cycle of novels about the city-state Ravicka and its inhabitants, the Ravickians—Event Factory (2010), The Ravickians (2011), Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge (2013) and Houses of Ravicka (2017)—as well as two collections of drawings, Prose Architectures (2017) and One Long Black Sentence, a series of white ink drawings on black paper, indexed by Fred Moten (2020). Recent essays and visual work have appeared in The Paris Review, Gulf Coast, Granta,Harper's, BOMB magazine, e-flux and n+1. She has been awarded fellowships, artist grants, and residencies from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Lannan Foundation, and KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin) among others. Currently, she is writing and presenting a series of talks on moving architectures, scoring invisibility, and drawing writing as part of the Bagley Wright Lecture Series. She makes her home in New England with poet-ceremonialist Danielle Vogel.