Acclaimed Poet Jericho Brown to Share His Work at November Connection Literary Series

News Release, College of Southern Maryland

Poet Jericho Brown, an American Book Award Winner, will host a roundtable discussion and then read from his work at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Friday, Nov. 1 Connection Literary Series. His work has been described as “an attempt to fight back against hate in its many guises.”

Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His first book, Please (2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, “The New Testament” (2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. He is also the author of the collection “The Tradition” (2019). His poems have appeared in Buzzfeed, The Nation, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Time, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology; and several volumes of The Best American Poetry anthologies. Brown is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University in Atlanta. Georgia.

“There are countless poets of the body, but the body in Brown’s poetry serves as a nexus of the corporeal and conceptual,” wrote one New York Times reviewer. “The “body” of his work isn’t just a physical, individual one; it’s a stand-in for various (flawed) institutions of power and belief: national history, religion, mythology, the justice system.”

A free roundtable discussion with Brown will take place at 4 p.m., and his reading will start at 7:30 p.m., at CSM’s Prince Frederick Campus in the John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A), Room 119, located at 115 J.W. Williams Road in Prince Frederick. For the reading, tickets are $3 in advance; $5 at the event; or $3 with CSM student ID. For advance tickets, email connections@csmd.edu. 301-934-7828, www.csmd.edu/connections.

Philip Metres Mesmerizes Audience During CSM’s October Connection Literacy Series

During the October Connection Literacy Series, Poet, translator and scholar Philip Metres read from a variety of his work. Metres has written and translated a number of books and chapbooks, including Pictures at an Exhibition (2016), Sand Opera (2015), I Burned at the Feast: Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovsky (2015), Compleat Catalogue of Comedic Novelties: Poetic Texts of Lev Rubinstein (2014), Concordance of Leaves (2013), abu ghraib arias (2011), Ode to Oil (2011), To See the Earth (2008), Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941 (2007),  Instants (2006), Primer for Non-Native Speakers (2004), Catalogue of Comedic Novelties: Selected Poems of Lev Rubinstein (2004), and A Kindred Orphanhood: Selected Poems of Sergey Gandlevsky (2003).

His work has been called “beautiful, powerful, magnetically original” (Cleveland Arts Prize citation). Lawrence Joseph has written that “Philip Metres’s poetry speaks to us all, in ways critical, vital, profound, and brilliant.” His poems have been translated into Arabic, Polish, Russian, and Tamil.

See for yourself – watch Metres literary reading in its entirety here:


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