Marion Wrenn

Executive Director of Writing; Senior Lecturer of Writing and Literature and Creative Writing Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: PhD New York University

Research Areas: journalism history, study of popular culture

Marion C. Wrenn is the Director of NYU Abu Dhabi’s Writing Program. She is a media critic, cultural historian, and literary editor who writes essays, fiction, and creative non-fiction, and poetry. She earned her PhD from NYU’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication and has received grants and awards from NYU, NYU Abu Dhabi, the AAUW, and the Rockefeller Archive Center.

At NYU Abu Dhabi, she has taken a lead role in reconceptualizing the undergraduate writing curricula for a global context, with an emphasis on multilingualism, cultural diversity, and critical thinking across disciplines. She has taught writing at NYU NY, Parsons, and the Princeton Writing Program. She co-edits the literary journal Painted Bride Quarterly ( and co-hosts the literary podcast “The Slush Pile.”

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