Award-winning poet Jericho Brown once told the National Book Critics Circle that his goal was to write poetry that takes risk in form and content. "I have have always been attracted to work that manages to say what may be thought unsayable, poems that make clear the vulnerability of the poet to his or her work." The results of Brown's risk-taking are two highly praised poetry collections: Please (2008) and The New Testament (2014).
Brown’s poetry has been called “fierce,” “masterful,” and “extraordinary.” Whether you read his poetry or hear him speak it, the words have a vitality that demand attention and respect. Fellow poet Ilya Kaminsky has said Brown’s works are “memorable, muscular, majestic” and Claudia Rankine says, “to read Jericho Brown’s poems is to encounter devastating genius.”
Brown's collection Please won the American Book Award in 2009. His other honors include the Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poetry has appeared such publications as The Nation, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry.
Brown was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, and is currently an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Emory University.
For more information
- Read the Small Press Spotlight article on the National Book Critics Circle blog
- Visit the author's website JerichoBrown.com
- Read a sampling of his poetry on Poets.org