Profile: Jericho Brown (1976-)

Jericho Brown (born Nelson Demery III) is an American poet. In 2011, he was awarded a National Endowment for the ArtsFellowship for Poetry.



Brown was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated from Dillard University, where he was initiated as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, through the Beta Phi chapter, in the fall of 1995. He also graduated from the University of New Orleans with an MFA, and from the University of Houston with a Ph.D.

Brown was a teaching fellow in the English department at the University of Houston from 2002 to 2007, a visiting professor at San Diego State University’s MFA program in spring 2009, and an assistant professor of English at the University of San Diego. He has also taught at numerous conferences and workshops, including the Iowa Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa. He is an associate professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University¬†in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, he worked as a speechwriter for the mayor of New Orleans.


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