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Brown's poems are each masterfully crafted, from their movement from the beginning to the end line, to the lines and line breaks themselves, to form. I find something new each time I return to this collection.
The Tradition explores cultural threats on black bodies, resistance, and the interplay of desire and privilege in a dangerous era.
About the Author
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for The Tradition, Jericho Brown earned his PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston. He is the recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland. His first book, Please (New Issues), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament, won won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal. Brown is the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.