J. Scott Brownlee is a Writers in the Public Schools Fellow at New York University, where he teaches poetry to undergraduates and fifth graders through the Teachers & Writers Collaborative. Involved with several literary journal start-ups, he was the managing editor and co-founder of both Hothouse and The Raleigh Review. A Pushcart Prize nominated poet-of-place, Brownlee writes primarily about the people and landscape of rural Texas and is a founding member (along with Matthew Wimberley, J. Javier Zamora, and J.T. Dawson) of The Localists, a new literary movement that emphasizes place-based writing
of personal witness, cultural memory, and the aesthetically marginalized working-class, both in the United States and abroad. His book-length work, County Lines, was named a semifinalist for the 2012 University of Wisconsin Press Brittingham Prize. A section of it, Disappearing Town, was also named a finalist for the 2012 Bateau Press Boom Chapbook Competition, as well as the 2012 Organic Weapon Arts Press Open Chapbook Competition. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is at work on a second full-length collection, Llano News, which includes poems that report on and are informed by life in rural Texas.
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