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J. Scott Brownlee

Author's Bio

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 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 collection, Disappearing Town, was a finalist for the 2013 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, and his chapbook, Highway or Belief, won the 2013 Button Poetry Prize. Brownlee 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.

Publications and Prizes

Beloit Poetry Journal, Birdfeast, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, Consequence, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, Devil's Lake, Dialogist, Five [Quarterly], Front Porch, Greensboro Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Kenyon Review, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Narrative Magazine, Nashville Review, Ninth Letter, Pacifica Literary Review, Pebble Lake Review, Rattle, REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters, Red River Review, Ruminate, South Dakota Review, Tar River Poetry, The Adroit Journal, The Monongahela Review, THRUSH Poetry Journal, Town Creek Poetry
Semifinalist, 2014 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition; Semifinalist, 2013 and 2012 University of Wisconsin Press Brittingham / Pollak Prize; Special Mention, 2014 Pushcart Prize XXXVIII Best of the Small Presses Anthology for "Disappearing Town"; 2014 Pushcart Prize nominations for "Disappearing Town," which first appeared in Birdfeast, and "The Middle Distance," which first appeared in BOXCAR Poetry Review; Winner, 2013 Button Poetry Prize for Highway or Belief, selected by Rachel McKibbens; Finalist, 2013 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award; Finalist, Ruminate's 2013 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize; Finalist, Winning Writers' 2011 War Poetry Contest

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
All the Great Territories by Matthew Wimberley, Neon Vernacular by Yusef Komunyakaa, The Late Wife by Claudia Emerson, I've Been for a Walk by J. Javier Zamora, Seam by Tarfia Faizullah

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Listing last updated: March 24, 2014

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