Jericho Brown teaches creative writing as an assistant professor of English at the University of San Diego. His first book of poems, Please (New Issues/Western Michigan University, 2008), explores the intersection of love and violence through an examination of the history and culture that surround African American male identity and sexuality.
As a Radcliffe fellow, Brown will complete work on his second collection, “The New Testament.” The manuscript includes poems chronicling the lives of television news anchors who came to popularity in the 1980s and their reporting on the AIDS epidemic.
The recipient of two travel fellowships to the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland, Brown 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, the Oxford American, and several other journals and anthologies. Brown worked as a speechwriter for the mayor of New Orleans before earning his PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Houston.