A Reading with Jericho Brown

Date: 04.25.2011

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Ikeda 4th Floor Reading Room

Jericho BrownJericho Brown will read from his first collection of poetry, PLEASE (New Issues, 2008), which won the 2009 American Book Award.  This collection has received tremendous praise since its release; the poet Terrance Hayes notes that "PLEASE is saturated with an artful passion that gives fire to Jericho Brown's elegies and pathos to his odes. This is the poetry of bloodship: the meaning of family, of love, of sexuality; the resonances of pain and the possibilities of redemption.”  A brief Q&A session and book signing will follow the reading.   

Jericho Brown worked as the speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before receiving his PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston.  He also holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans and a BA from Dillard University.  The recipient of a Bunting Fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University and two travel fellowships to the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland, he has served as poetry editor at Gulf Coast and assistant poetry editor at Callaloo.  His poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, jubilat, New England Review, Oxford American, A Public Space, and 100 Best African American Poems and several other journals and anthologies.  Dr. Brown teaches creative writing as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of San Diego.  His first book, PLEASE (New Issues Press), won the American Book Award.

Sponsored by The Writing Center and Academic Affairs of Soka University.  Free and open to the community.