Brown’s Experiences Bring Creative Spark Back to USD
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Each experience is meant to be fully absorbed. Jericho Brown, assistant professor of English at the University of San Diego, knows this because he’s always fed off of it.
“I think about it every day,” Brown said. “It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I remember telling my dad that I wanted to be a writer. He’d say, ‘that’s great, but what are you going to do for your real job?’”
Teaching creative writing to USD students is one of Brown’s passions and provides a steady paycheck. But there are many reasons why this former speechwriter for a New Orleans mayor flashes his infectious smile these days. The last few years have been overwhelmingly rewarding, beginning with a phone call Brown received in 2007. New Issues Poetry & Prose, a publishing company in Michigan, wanted to turn Brown’s collection of poems into a book.
Please, released in October 2008, is in its fourth printing. Critical praise for the debut effort — a Before Columbus Foundation’s 2009 American Book Award winner — and a sense of accomplishment enveloped him. (Full Story Inside USD)