Acclaimed poet Jericho Brown won the 2009 American Book Award for his first book, Please. He is also the recent recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.
An assistant professor at the University of San Diego, Brown previously worked as speechwriter for the mayor of New Orleans. He received his PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston, his MFA from the University of New Orleans and a BA from Dillard University.
He was the recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and has been awarded fellowships from Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute, Polands’s Krakow Poetry Seminar and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.
His poems have appeared in a number of anthologies and journals, including the 100 Best African American Poems, The Iowa Review and Oxford American.
Everyone sings in this live-wire, passionate book. — Mark Doty, poet
Jericho Brown’s poems are tough, urgent, provocative and intimate at the same time; a ragged music, plain language, an energetic syntax. I believed in these poems. They move me. — Donna Masini, poet
The silent terror in these poems is the future they seem to inform despite the attempts to integrate the incoherent with the coherent moments of lived experience. Please continually repositions its readers inside the violence of the interruption, the psychic break. — Claudia Rankine, poet