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 www.darrelholnes.com
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
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.