On Nov. 14, 2008, all the attention and focus of a mass gathering of students, faculty, and poetry enthusiasts was directed at one man. This man enthralled and entranced his audience with each of his words and facial expressions. It was as if the audience was emotionally intoxicated by the intensity and vibrancy of the man’s speech. No, this man was not a famous rhetorician or accomplished actor—he was USD’s very own Jericho Brown, assistant professor of English and established poet.
As a part of the Lindsay J. Cropper Living Writers Series, Jericho Brown read various passages from his first poetry book, Please, at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice’s theater. The series was started in memory of 1998 USD alumna Lindsay Cropper, who died in 2000. Her parents, Dorothy and Barrie Cropper, continue to support the Writers Series by bringing authors to read their own work and conduct workshops with USD student-writers.
Brown is a notable scholar and talented poet; he earned his Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston, M.F.A. from the University of New Orleans, B.A. from Dillard University, and is the recipient of a Cave Canem Fellowship, two scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and two travel fellowships to the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland.
Please was recently published by Western Michigan University’s New Issues Poetry & Prose in October and has received much praise and respect from critics and readers alike. (Full Story Inside USD)