Faculty, Fellows and Visiting Artists


The ITI faculty offer a wide variety of approaches to the written and visual arts. All are working contemporary artists who publish and exhibit their work in national and international contexts. Our faculty are dedicated to innovative approaches and traditions that value psychologically, culturally and politically engaged work.

John Keene

John Keene

John Keene (Fellow)

John Keene (Fellow) is the author and co-author of a handful of books, including the

award-winning collection Counternarratives, as well as Grind, with Nicholas Muellner, and the recipient many honors, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He has translated poetry, fiction and essays from Portuguese, French and Spanish, including Brazilian writer Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. His essay "Translating Poetry, Translating Blackness," featured on the Poetry Foundation's website Harriet, has helped to encourage and galvanize translators of Black non-Anglophone writing, and he serves as a member of organizational committee for the African Poetry Book Series, under the auspices of the University of Nebraska's African Poetry Book Fund and Prairie Schooner. He chairs the Department of African American and African Studies, is Distinguished Professor of English and African American Studies, and also teaches in the Rutgers-Newark MFA in Creative Writing Program, at Rutgers University-Newark.