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Darrel Alejandro Holnes

Part-time Faculty
(212) 992-7754
1 Wash Pl, Room 610

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Office Hours
Friday 3-6

Darrel Alejandro Holnes teaches playwriting, screenwriting, poetry, and other genres of creative writing. His the co-author of PRIME: Poems and Conversations (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014) and his poems have been published in The Best American Experimental Writing anthology, Callaloo, The Caribbean Writer, The Potomac, The Paris American and elsewhere in print and online. His play, The Burning Room, was recognized by the Kennedy Center; it and others have been read and produced in regional and university theaters throughout the US. He was a work-study scholar "waiter" at Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and is a Cave Canem, Canto Mundo, and VCFA fellow. His academic excellence, activism, and work in arts administration has been recognized by the White House, the Veterans of Foreign War, the US Congress, the Global Officials of Dignity and with many residencies, fellowships, and awards. He studied creative writing at the Universities of Houston and Michigan, the latter from which he received his Masters of Fine Arts degree and won a Zell Post Graduate Award, among other awards. And Holnes is a consultant to the United Nations. Check him out at

Teaching and Research Interests

playwriting; poetry; performance art; transnational identity and issues; immigration; military culture; intersectionality; queer, Latino, and African diaspora studies; wellness, art as healing; ethnographic writing; historical fiction; textuality as visual art; music and musical theater

Darrel Alejandro Holnes


B.A. English, University of Houston
M.F.A. Creative Writing, University of Michigan

Recent News

Professor Darrel Alejandro Holnes was awarded a 2016 Cave Canem Summer Residency at the Rose O'Neill Literary House.

Professor Holnes, along with Bhikshuni Weisbrot, and Elizabeth Lara, edited an anthology of poetry to honor of the UN International Day of Happiness, Happiness: The Delight-Tree, An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry (United Nations SRC Society of Writers, 2015).


2017 Spring

Introduction to Dramatic Writing: The Short Play

2016 Fall

Ethnographic Playwriting

2015 Fall

Introduction to Dramatic Writing: The Short Play

2014 Fall