Email: beoliu@ua.edu
Office: 
Rowand-Johnson 1E
Office Phone: 
205-348-5065
Courses: 
EN101 Freshman Composition
EN102 Freshman Composition
EN200 Intro to Creative Writing
EN210 American Literature II
EN301 Prose Tour
EN303 Poetry Tour
EN355/EN410 Small Press Experience/Slash Pine Internship
EN408 The Lyric Essay
EN408 The Art of The Game
EN408 Writing as Artifice
EN408 Writing About Tuscaloosa
EN408 Creative Nonfiction Workshop
EN408 Literary Citizenship

Books

'So You Know It's Me,' Tiny Hardcore Press, 2011
'Leave Luck to Heaven,' Uncanny Valley Press, 2014
'Enter Your Initials For Record Keeping,' Cobalt Press, 2015
'I/O: A Memoir,' Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2015
'All Things Burn,' Pocket Gems, 2016

Chapbooks

'Come See For Yourself,' Tiny Hardcore Press, 2012
'Level End,' Origami Zoo Press, 2012

Works In Progress

Kilometer Zero, A book collaboration/translation project of my grandfather’s guide to running, originally published in the Catalan language.
Dancefloor, A series of essays based off of pop songs.
What The World Has Come To, A series of essays about professional wrestling

Anthologies

'Best Creative Nonfiction Vol. 2,' Norton, 2008
'30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction by Younger Authors,' Starcherone, 2011
'Metawritings: Toward a Theory of Nonfiction,' University of Iowa Press, 2012
'Blurring The Boundaries: Explorations into the Fringe of Nonfiction,' University of Nebraska Press, 2012

Editor

'Tuscaloosa Runs This,' Broken Futon Press, 2012
'Liver of Dixie,' Broken Futon Press, 2013
'Tuscaloosa Writes This,' Slash Pine Press, 2013

Bio

Brian Oliu is originally from New Jersey & has taught at the University of Alabama since receiving his M.F.A. in 2009. He has a B.A. in English from Loyola University-Maryland & was the recipient of the Buford Boone Fellowship during his time at Alabama. His work has been anthologized in Best Creative Nonfiction Volume 2, 30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction, & has been twice selected as a Notable Essay in the Best American Essays series. He is the author of So You Know It's Me, a collection of Craigslist Missed Connections, & Level End, a series of lyric essays about videogame Boss Battles.

Excerpts from his book, Leave Luck to Heaven, have been published in such journals as Sonora Review, Conjunctions, Hotel Amerika, & DIAGRAM, as well as served as inspiration for “Another Castle,” an art installation by L’etablissment en face in Brussels, Belgium during September of 2012, which featured art from Juan Muñoz, Luciano Fabro, & Claes Oldenburg.

He is the editor of three anthologies. Tuscaloosa Runs This, a collection of Tuscaloosa writers writing about Tuscaloosa--compiled in the weeks after the April 27, 2011 tornado that struck the town. The eBook, released in May of 2011, raised over a thousand dollars for charity, & the hard copy book has sold over 500 copies. He is also the editor of Liver of Dixie, a collection of stories about Egan's Bar, one of Tuscaloosa's most notable landmarks. Finally, himself & Patti White are the co-editors of Tuscaloosa Writes This, a textbook which consists of local writers' work as well as craft essays & writing prompts. Tuscaloosa Writes This is currently being used as the primary textbook in a number of EN200 courses.

He is the Director of Slash Pine Press, & currently runs the Slash Pine internship at the University of Alabama, where twelve students from various disciplines design forthcoming chapbooks from a national call for submissions, plan poetry events, and participate in all press and event operations.

Oliu has taught numerous classes at the University of Alabama, including Freshman Composition, Late American Literature, as well as a myriad of Creative Writing courses, including nonfiction workshops, classes on the lyric essay, poetry & prose tours, as well as classes dedicated to writing about games, about place, & about utilizing artifice in writing. He is a firm believer that the excitement and true joy in non-fiction is taking something that is universal & finding something absurd or even impossible while still remaining inside the confines of truth. It is his role as an educator to help students realize this concept and find their true story within the stories. 

He is working on translating his grandfather's book, originally written in Catalan about long-distance running. Working alongside his grandfather’s words has changed who Oliu is as a person, and how through telling his story, he is altering his own truth. The project is about this journey: of translation & mistranslation, of how meaning gets lost in language, of collaborating with a text and a person who are inaccessible--of starting & restarting again until one can get things right. Sections of this project appear in Denver QuarterlyCatapultThe Account, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.