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Name  Jericho Brown
Role  Poet
Books  The New Testament, Please

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Alma mater  Dillard University; University of New Orleans; University of Houston
Education  University of Houston, University of New Orleans, Dillard University
Awards  American Book Awards, Whiting Awards
Nominations  NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Poetry, Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Poetry
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Jericho Brown, born Nelson Demery, III, is an American poet. In 2011, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry.


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Brown was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated from Dillard University, where he was initiated as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, through the Beta Phi chapter, in the fall of 1995. He also graduated from the University of New Orleans with an MFA, and from the University of Houston with a Ph.D.

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He 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. He is currently an associate professor of English and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously he worked as the speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans.

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His poems have appeared in 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. His first book, Please, (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2008) won the American Book Award. His most recent book of poetry, The New Testament, (Copper Canyon Press, 2014) won the 2015 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and continues his examination of race, masculinity and sexuality, often returning to the stories of the Bible.


  • 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship
  • 2015 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
  • 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry.
  • 2009 American Book Award
  • 2009 Whiting Award
  • 2009–2010 fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University
  • Kraków Poetry Seminar in Poland, travel fellowships
  • Cave Canem Fellowship
  • Bread Loaf Writer's Conference two scholarships
  • Works

  • "Thrive", Oxford American, October 2014
  • "Elegy", Rumpus, May 2009
  • "Rick", AGNI, March 2007
  • "To Be Seen", The Missouri Review
  • Please (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2009). ISBN 978-1-930974-79-1
  • The New Testament (Copper Canyon Press, 2014). ISBN 978-1-55659-457-1
  • References

    Jericho Brown Wikipedia

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