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Darrel Alejandro Holnes

Part-time Faculty
(212) 992-9824
1 Wash Pl, Room 618

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Office Hours
Tuesday 4-6
Friday 12-1 Advising

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

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

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

Holnes has been named a member of Page 73's Interstate 73 Writers Group and last summer became a member of the Lincoln Center Director's Lab. In 2017, he was named a finalist for the Van Lier Fellowship at The Lark Play Development Center and the 2050 Fellowship at New York Theater Workshop and for the Princess Grace Award in Playwriting.  


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).


Holnes presented "Beyond the BluePrint: A Poetry Reading and Panel Discussion on The Reconstructed Self" at Thinking Is Presence, University of Arizona, Poetry Center 2017 in Tucson, Arizona.


2018 Spring

Introduction to Dramatic Writing: The Short Play

2017 Spring

Introduction to Dramatic Writing: The Short Play

2017 Fall

Introduction to Dramatic Writing: The Short Play

2016 Fall

Ethnographic Playwriting

2015 Fall

Introduction to Dramatic Writing: The Short Play