Poet Jericho Brown to read at Quinnipiac Sept. 18

Jericho Brown
Jericho Brown

Aug. 28, 2014 - Award-winning poet Jericho Brown will read from his work at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, in the Carl Hansen Student Center, Room 120, at Quinnipiac. Free and open to the public, this event is part of the University's creative writing program's "Yawp!" series, an open dialogue on creativity and the arts.

Brown is the author of "Please," an American Book Award winner which explores the points in life at which love and violence intersect.

"'Please' is the album playing in the background of the history and culture that surround African American/male identity and sexuality," Brown said. "Just as radio favorites, like Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Pink Floyd, characterize loss, loneliness, addiction and denial with their voices, these poems' chorus of speakers transform moments of intimacy and humor into spontaneous music."

Brown is also the author of "The New Testament," which will be published this fall by Copper Canyon Press. 

Before receiving his doctorate in creative writing and literature from the University of Houston, Brown worked as the speechwriter for the mayor of New Orleans. He also holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans and a bachelor's degree from Dillard University. 

The recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland, Brown is an assistant professor at Emory University. His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including, "The American Poetry Review," "The Believer," "jubilat," "Oxford American," "Ploughshares," "A Public Space," "Tin House" and "100 Best African American Poems." 

For more information, call 203-582-8652.