Teju Cole has joined Harvard University’s Department of English as the Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing. The information, which is yet to see an official announcement, is on Harvard’s Website, on a page that has been created for him, as well as on his own Website. This is his second time as a faculty member in a university. He was, until this year, the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College.
Teju’s new Harvard page lists his academic qualifications: a B.A. from Kalamazoo College in 1996; a M.A. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2000; and a M. Phil. from Columbia University in 2006.
The page is yet to state his office hours, only designating it “By appointment.” But it lists his interests as “Fiction writing. Literary Criticism. Photography Criticism.” And then his four books: “Blind Spot (2017), Known and Strange Things (2016), Every Day is for the Thief (2007/ 2014), Open City (2011),” which are then each described on a column on the left.
The page ends with a link to Teju Cole’s Website.
This compacts Teju Cole’s already tight schedule, which includes his work as the photography critic of The New York Times Magazine.
Brittle Paper congratulates Teju Cole.