Jericho Brown

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Jericho Brown
Brown at the 2014 Texas Book Festival
Brown at the 2014 Texas Book Festival
BornNelson Demery III
(1976-04-14) April 14, 1976 (age 46)
Shreveport, Louisiana
Alma mater

Jericho Brown (born Nelson Demery III; born April 14, 1976) is an American poet. In 2020, he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.[1][2]

Life[change | change source]

Brown was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana.[3] He graduated from Dillard University in 1995. He later went to graduate school. He got a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans and a Ph.D from the University of Houston.

Brown was a teaching fellow in the English department at the University of Houston from 2002 to 2007, a visiting professor at San Diego State University's MFA program in spring 2009, and an assistant professor of English at the University of San Diego. He has also taught at numerous conferences and workshops, including the Iowa Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa. Now he is an associate professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.[4][5]

His poems have appeared in many magazines. Some of the magazines where his poetry has been published are The Iowa Review, jubilat, The Nation, New England Review, The New Republic, Oxford American, The New Yorker, Enkare Review and The Best American Poetry. He serves as an Assistant Editor at Callaloo.[6] His first book, Please won the American Book Award. His book of poetry, The New Testament,[7] (Copper Canyon Press, 2014) won the 2015 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.

The Pulitzer Prizes' home-page calls The Tradition "A collection of masterful lyrics that combine delicacy with historical urgency in their loving evocation of bodies vulnerable to hostility and violence." [8]

Style[change | change source]

The poet has invented a new poetry form. He calls it "duplex." In a duplex poem, first there is a couplet. Then the second line is repeated with a new line. This is "repeated and a new line is added, and then repeated until there are seven couplets of nine to eleven syllables each. ... The first line is [repeated as] the fourteenth line." [9]

Quotations[change | change source]

“I’m more than a conqueror, bigger / Than bravery. I don’t march. I’m the one who leaps.” "A poem is a gesture toward home." [10]

Awards[change | change source]

Works[change | change source]

  • Brown, Jericho (2019). The Tradition. ISBN 978-1-55659-486-1.
  • Brown, Jericho (2014). The New Testament. ISBN 978-1-55659-457-1.
  • Brown, Jericho (2008). Please. New Issues Poetry & Prose. ISBN 978-1-930974-79-1.

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