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 & Prizes

Requiem for Used Ignition Cap (Orison Books, 2015)
On the Occasion of the Last Old Camp Meeting in Llano County (Tree Light Books, 2016)
Ascension (Texas Review Press, 2015)
Highway or Belief (Button Poetry, 2014)
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Kenyon Review
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Nashville Review
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REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters
Red River Review
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The Monongahela Review
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Town Creek Poetry
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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 update: Aug 17, 2017