J. Scott Brownlee

Brooklyn, NY

Author's Bio

J. Scott Brownlee is a former Writers in the Public Schools Fellow at New York University, where he taught 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. His first full-length collection, REQUIEM FOR USED IGNITION CAP, was a finalist for the National Poetry Series, selected by C. Dale Young as the winner of the 2015 Orison Poetry Prize, and received the 2016 Bob Bush Memorial Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters. He is also the author of three prize-winning chapbooks: HIGHWAY OR BELIEF (2013 Button Poetry Prize), ASCENSION (2014 Robert Phillips Poetry Prize), and ON THE OCCASION OF THE LAST OLD CAMP MEETING IN LLANO COUNTY (2015 Tree Light Books Prize). Brownlee currently lives in in Austin and is at work on DIAMOND KINGS, a novel and A LITTLE BIT OF HARDLY ANYTHING, a second full-length poetry collection. Both manuscripts are rooted in rural Texas.

Publications and Prizes

Requiem for Used Ignition Cap
(Orison Books, 2015)
Beloit Poetry Journal, Birdfeast, Blue Lyra Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, Consequence, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, Devil's Lake, Dialogist, Drunken Boat, Five [Quarterly], Front Porch, Greensboro Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Kenyon Review, Linebreak, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Muzzle, Narrative Magazine, Nashville Review, Ninth Letter, Pacifica Literary Review, Pank, Pebble Lake Review, Prelude, Rattle, REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters, Red River Review, Ruminate, San Pedro River Review, Slice Magazine, South Dakota Review, Southern Indiana Review, Tar River Poetry, The Adroit Journal, The Journal, The Monongahela Review, The Pinch, THRUSH Poetry Journal, Town Creek Poetry, Vinyl Poetry, West Branch
(Texas Review Press, 2015)
, Highway or Belief
(Button Poetry, 2014)
, On the Occasion of the Last Old Camp Meeting in Llano County
(Tree Light Books, 2016)
Prizes Won: 
2016 Bob Bush Memorial Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters; 2015 Finalist, National Poetry Series; 2015 Orison Poetry Prize for REQUIEM FOR USED IGNITION CAP, selected by C. Dale Young; 2015 Pushcart Prize nomination for "Pasture Ode," which first appeared in Ruminate; Honorable Mention, Ruminate's 2014 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize; Winner, 2014 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize from Texas Review Press; Semifinalist, 2014 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition; 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; 2013 Button Poetry Prize for Highway or Belief, selected by Rachel McKibbens; Semifinalist, 2013 and 2012 University of Wisconsin Press Brittingham / Pollak Prize; 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
The Emperor of Water Clocks by Yusef Komunyakaa
The Verging Cities by Natalie Scenters-Zapico
I've Been for a Walk by J. Javier Zamora
Seam by Tarfia Faizullah

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Llano, TX
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Last updated: Aug 17, 2017