Literary Arts

Colin Channer

Associate Professor of Literary Arts, Director of Graduate Studies


Fall 2024 courses

  • LITR 1151Q, Great Adventure
  • LITR 2710, Literary Arts Pedagogy

Spring 2025 courses

  • LITR 1151X, Remaster & Remix
  • LITR 2700, Literary Arts Pedagogy

Colin Channer’s ten books as fiction writer, poet and editor include the verse collection Console (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2023), a Finalist for the New England Book Award. His prose and poetry have appeared in The AtlanticBombThe New Yorker, The Poetry Review (UK), ConjunctionsAgniPrairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly and other venues. Recent honors include a 2023 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers; a 2022-2023 Cullman Fellowship from the New York Public Library; a 2019 Amy Clampitt Residency; and a 2018 Henry Merritt Wriston Fellowship from Brown. Channer’s verse collection Providential was a Finalist for the 2016 OCM/Bocas Prize in poetry. His anthology Kingston Noir was a Spectator Magazine (UK) Best Book of 2012. His novel Waiting in Vain was a 1998 Critic’s Choice Selection of the Washington Post. As a monologist he has appeared at venues such as Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, The Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture at Brooklyn Public Library and The Bowery Poetry Club. He has also performed at Boston’s Wilbur. 

Recent News

State of Rhode Island, Governor's Office

Colin Channer named Rhode Island Poet Laureate

Governor Dan McKee named Colin Channer as Rhode Island’s 7th Poet Laureate. Colin Channer is associate professor or Literary Arts at Brown University and author, most recently, of Console, a book of poems.

“Colin Channer is an accomplished writer whose talent and work have touched the lives of so many people,” said Governor McKee. “I’m excited to see him continue his craft here in the Ocean State where he will not just be a leader in poetry but serve as a poetry and literary inspiration to Rhode Islanders across our state.”

The announcement was made on Friday, 1 March 2024.

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