PRESS & Interviews


Listen to Molly on Fresh Air with Terry Gross

“Molly McCully Brown, who has cerebral palsy, grew up near the former Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded. In her new collection of poems, she imagines life inside the colony. Brown also talks about faith, the death of her twin sister, and how her body and poetry are connected…”

More Press & Interviews

Hear Molly on Hidden Brain Podcast

Read an interview at The Adroit Journal

Read an interview at Newfound

Read more press at The Poetry Foundation Blog

Selected Reviews


Molly McCully Brown’s first book of poems, “The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded,” is part history lesson, part séance, part ode to dread. It arrives as if clutching a spray of dead flowers. It is beautiful and devastating.” –Read More in The New York Times

“It’s [Brown’s] rich imagery that stands out most: “That one has a cave for a face/ blank, unlit, and fallen in./ Back wherever she began/ somebody clapped his hands/ and the fire went out./ But, somehow, she continued to burn.” Brown’s humbling and heartbreaking poems restore dignity to lives sacrificed in the name of perfection.” – Read More in Publisher’s Weekly (boxed, starred review)

“…this exploration of an actual government-run facility in Virginia confronts the marvels and failings of the body, and how the spirit transcends it. It’s an urgent book.” – Read More in Pleiades Editors’ Picks for Best Books of 2017

“Brown’s work urges into understanding the notion that both fear and empathy are rooted in a single, somber utterance: I could have been you.”  – Read more from Laura Eve Engel in The Oxford American

The book’s total strength is anchored in its clear narrative, its troubled engagement with faith, and Brown’s deft use of local history that easily might have become her personal history.” — Read More in Marginalia at the LA Review of Books