Library Showcase

Oklahoma Poet Laureate Nathan Brown

Thursday, Feb. 20th at 7:00 p.m. at the SWOSU Conference Center

Oklahoma Poet Laureate Nathan Brown

Nathan Brown, Poet Laureate of Oklahoma for 2013-2014, will present a poetry reading with Q&A at the Conference Center on the Southwestern Oklahoma State University campus on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. This free Library Showcase event is sponsored by the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Libraries and funded in part by the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Everyone is invited to attend.

In addition to being an award winning poet, Nathan Brown is a singer-songwriter, photographer, and keynote speaker for conferences and other events. He holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Creative and Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma. He travels widely, offering readings, house concerts, creativity workshops, photography exhibitions, and musical performances in an effort to bring back the hint of a smile and the hope for a good story in poems -- "poems unafraid of making sense, poems that carry us to better places." He says his mission is to "take back poetry from the hard academic grip of the ivory tower and those who too often use poetry for personal therapy … both being good reasons audiences for poetry have run for the hills in the United States."

Brown has published seven books of poetry: My Sideways Heart; Two Tables Over (winner of the 2009 Oklahoma Book Award in Poetry); Not Exactly Job (finalist for the 2008 Oklahoma Book Award in Poetry); Ashes over the Southwest; Suffer the Little Voices (finalist for the 2006 Oklahoma Book Award in Poetry), Hobson's Choice, and Less Is More, More or Less which was published in 2013. In 2012 he published a collection of poetry, Karma Crisis: New and Selected Poems (finalist for the 2013 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry), which contains poems from his first three books of poetry. He has also published a work of prose, Letters to the One-Armed Poet: A Memoir of Friendship, Loss, and Butternut Squash Ravioli which is a collection of letters from his good friend and fellow poet, Jim Chastain.

Brown has performed his music in venues, such as the Bluebird in Nashville, the Cactus in Austin, the Mucky Duck in Houston, and the Blue Door in Oklahoma City, as well as in Israel and Russia.

For more information or questions about the event, contact Linda Pye at the SWOSU Al Harris Library at (580)774-7021 or

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