Faculty Bio, James Brosnan

James Brosnan


College/School: Arts and Sciences
Department: English

Campus: Providence
Office location: T516

Main college/department phone number: 401-598-1424

James Brosnan is the President of the Rhode Island Council of Teachers of English (RICTE), editor of The Teacher As Writer (RICTE’s creative journal), and is also advisor to the university’s literary journal, The Maze, and the Weybosset Hill Writers, a student writing group.

Brosnan’s major writing interests are poetry, memoir, and fiction, and he has published four books of poetry including Hints of Swallowtails. He was a finalist in NEATE’s Poet of the Year competition in 2012. His poetry has appeared in Naugatuck River Review, Mad Poets Review, the Aurorean (featured poet), Avocet, The Bridge, Minnesota English Journal, Poems of the Poppies (UK), and The Leaflet.

Brosnan is a member of the Maine Poets Society, the Nomad Writers in Rehoboth, MA and the Tidepool Poets in Plymouth, MA. Brosnan was a featured poet at Word Fest IV in Deerfield, MA and has presented workshops at the New England Association of Teachers of English Conference, the Writers Conference at Ocean Park (Maine), Bay Path College, the Two-Year College English Association, and the Massachusetts Teachers Association’s annual conference at Williams College. He is also a member of the New Hampshire Writers Project and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, and directs the annual Writers Conference at Ocean Park (Maine).

Brosnan is a former commissioner for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and frequently chairs decennial and focus visits. He also serves on the advising and publication committees for the National Collegiate Honors Council and is a member of the Northeast Region of NCHC. Brosnan holds a Superintendent-Director’s certification for secondary schools in Massachusetts.


  • BA, University of Massachusetts
  • MEd, Bridgewater State College
  • PhD, Educational Research, Boston College