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Derrick C. Brown

Derrick C. Brown is a novelist, comedian, poet, and storyteller. He is the winner of the 2013 Texas Book of The Year award for Poetry. He is a former paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne and is the owner and president of Write Bloody Publishing, which Forbes and Filter Magazine call “…one of the best independent poetry presses in the country.” He is the author of eight books of poetry and four children’s books. The New York Times calls his work, “…a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words.” He lives in Portland, Oregon.


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.

Janet Fitch, author of Paint It Black and White Oleander

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 Strange Light, when you read any of his work really, or when you have the fantastic fortune to watch him perform it in person, you yourself are a bit more alive.

Joel Lovell, The New York Times

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. 

Eugene Mirman of Bob's Burgers and Flight of the Conchords

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