Derrick C. Brown

Derrick C. Brown is a poet, novelist, comedian, and storyteller. In 2023, Paste Magazine named his Comedy and Poetry Record 'Album of the Year.' He is the winner of the Texas Book of The Year award for Poetry. The New York Times calls his work “…a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words.”

He is a former paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne. He is the owner and president of Write Bloody Publishing, which Forbes and Filter Magazine called “…one of the best independent poetry presses in the country.” He is the author of ten books of poetry and four children’s books. He lives in Los Angeles.

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A Close Shave With Heaven

Winner of Paste Magazine's Album of the Year, 2023

"...Brown is also obviously not afraid to get vulnerable with his audience. The trope of the depressed, tortured stand-up is oft-repeated for a reason, and Brown delves into his own grief in a way that’s somehow sad and funny and ultimately insightful, all so he can show us “how the sausage is made.” 

More than anything, though, A Close Shave with Heaven leaves the listener with a newfound exuberance for the world around them. Brown is a poet, a comedian, and, for those moments we listen to him, the wry voice of hope."

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  • David Cross
    Comedian and actor

    "I wish I had written "Patience." I mean written it down on paper. I've thought it to myself several times in different countries, but now Derrick has re-earned my trust after initially losing it by naming his book, Scandalabra, with a pun."

  • Eugene Mirman
    Comedian and voice actor

    "Derrick Brown makes the often unbearable art form of poetry a true, unexpected joy. I think
    there's a reasonable chance he is America's greatest living poet and you will enjoy his work."

  • H. Jon Benjamin
    Comedian and voice actor

    "Derrick’s poems, for me, are so generous. Generous in their wit and honesty, mesmerizing fragments of vivid memories. Like sitting next to the most fascinating drunk stranger and hearing his tales. All of them are happily part of my life now."

  • Janet Fitch
    Author of White Oleander

    "Derrick Brown doesn't just report from the human condition, he sings it— capturing how it feels to be absolutely alive in poems that are simultaneously romantic, wacky, soulful, wounded and full of wonder."

  • Someone's Dad

    "Why don't his poems rhyme?"

  • Joel Lovell
    Deputy Editor of NYT Magazine

    "There’s something that happens when you read Derrick Brown, a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words... When you read any of his work...or when you have the fantastic fortune to watch him perform it in person, you yourself are a bit more alive."

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