Established in the 1980s, the Aetna Chair of Writing draws from the Aetna Life and Casualty Foundation’s Aetna Endowment to initiate, enhance, and otherwise further University of Connecticut writing programs. Aetna funds support many initiatives, including:

    • The Aetna Celebration of Student Writing (ACSW)
    • The Aetna Writing Prizes
    • The Writing Center
    • The Connecticut Writing Project
    • First-Year Writing’s Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing
    • Long River Review, the university’s literary journal
    • Poetic Journeys, an on-campus literary poster project
    • Aetna writers-in-residence, who give readings and work with students in one-on-one tutorials
    • Avery Point writing retreats
    • Graduate research and travel grants
    • A host of visiting authors, speakers, and teachers

Watch The Aetna Advisory Board Speak on the Benefits of the Aetna Chair


Brenda Brueggemann, the Aetna Chair of Writing, photographed Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the UConn Foundation in Storrs. (G.J. McCarthy / UConn Foundation)
Brenda Brueggemann, Aetna Chair of Writing

Current and Past Aetna Chairs

The current Aetna Chair of Writing is Brenda Jo Brueggemann. See below for her recent publications and presentations.

Ain Jeong serves as the Graduate Assistant to the Aetna Chair and Assistant Director of the Aetna Celebration of Writing.


Previously, Lynn Z. Bloom, Professor Emeritus, served as the Aetna Chair of Writing.


Selected Recent Publications and Presentation Materials

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