Jamie Brown

Poet, Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

c/o Broadkill Publishing Associates, LLC P.O. Box 63
Milton, DE 19968

Author's Bio

                       Jamie Brown is author of Sakura: a Cycle of Haiku, Constructing Fiction (non-fiction), Conventional Heresies (a full-length collection of poetry), and Freeholder and Other Poems (a chapbook).  He founded The Broadkill Review and was its editor for the first ten years of that publication, and is CEO of Broadkill Publishing Associates, LLC, and its imprints, The Broadkill River Press and The Broadkill Press. His poetry, fiction and non-fiction have been widely published and he taught at Wesley College and University of Delaware after twelve years teaching at George Washington University. He taught the first Poetry workshop ever at the Smithsonian Institution, an Advanced Fiction workshop at Georgetown University for eight years concurrently with his time at GWU, and helped edit several literary magazines.  From 2005 to 2006 he was Poetry Critic for The Washington Times. In 1990 he cofounded and codirected the Nothwest Educational Workshop Theater and was its drama-writing instructor.

                        He has been an adjudicator in the Delaware State Poetry Out Loud competition, a first and a second reader for the Wordworks Washington Prize, was the first Director and Coordinator for the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize, a member of the Reading Committee of the Milton Theater, and was Founder and Director of the Annual John Milton Memorial Celebration of Poets and Poetry in Milton, Delaware. He was a member of the Folger Library's Poetry Committee. 

                         His academic publications include “Who Would Wish a Disillusioned Gatsby on the World?” Gargoyle, Number 65, Summer 2017; “The Club that Wants to Keep Jimmy Gatz Out” Gargoyle, Number 65, Summer 2017; “On PTSD in The Great GatsbyGargoyle, Number 64, Summer 2017;  “Re-Imag(in)ing the Ideal: Notes on Daisy’s Passing in The Great Gatsby” Gargoyle  No. 53. October, 2008;  “Re-Imag(in)ing the Ideal: Notes on Daisy’s Passing in The Great Gatsby” Presented at the Sixth International F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2002; "The Religious Significance of the Battle Police Episode in A Farewell to Arms"

Presented at the American Literature Association Conference, Long Beach, California.

 

and Reviews:  John Berryman’s The Freedom of the Poet (micro review),The Broadkill Review, March, 2018; “So Much More Than Just Incidental Discovery: A Review of The Hemingway Files” (review)The Broadkill Review, September 2017; Claudia Roth Pierpont’s Roth Unbound: A Writer and His Books” (review) The Broadkill Review, September 2017; “The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: Shakespeare and Company Publishes Its Autobiography” (review) The Broadkill Review, vol. 10 no. 4, July, 2016; “TBR Reviews Prof. Mary Beard’s SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome” (review) The Broadkill Review, vol. 10 no. 4, July, 2016; “TBR Reviews ‘Love and Friendship’ (Finally, a Film-Maker Gets Jane Austen)” (film review) The Broadkill Review, vol. 10 no. 3, May, 2016; “TBR Reviews Professor Gene D. Phillips’s Fiction, Film, and F. Scott Fitzgerald” (review) The Broadkill Review, vol. 10 no. 2, March, 2016; “The Bard of Cheapside and Plague, Persecution and Political Turmoil: James Shapiro’s Examination of Two Years in the Life of William Shakespeare and His World” (review) The Broadkill Review, vol. 10 no. 2, March, 2016;        

The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings by Philip and Carol Zaleski” (review) The Broadkill Review, vol. 9 no. 6, November, 2015; 

“John Berryman and the Course of Late 20th Century Literature: Five Books You Should Read” (review) The Broadkill Review, vol. 9 no. 6, November, 2015;  “The Mirror We Look In: Reading Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman as Current Social Barometer” (review)  The Broadkill Review, vol. 9 no. 5, September, 2015; “Saundra Rose Maley’s Disappearing Act” (review) The Broadkill Review, vol. 9 no. 4, July, 2015; “John Cleese’s So, Anyway . . .” (review) The Broadkill Review, vol. 9 no. 4, July, 2015; “Maureen Corrigan’s So We Read On” (review) The Broadkill Review, vol. 9 no. 1, January, 2015;

“Bernard J. Poli’s Ford Madox Ford and the TransAtlantic Review” (review) The Broadkill Review, vol. 8 no. 2, March, 2014; “Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam” (review) The Broadkill Review, vol. 7 no. 5, September, 2013; “TBR Reviews John Irving’s In One Person” (review) The Broadkill Review, vol. 6 no. 3, May, 2012; “Lost Moderns (when poetry left a generation behind)” (review) The Broadkill Review, vol. 6 no. 2, March, 2012;  “Bobbie Ann Mason’s Girl in the Blue Beret” (review) The Broadkill Review, vol. 5 no. 3, May, 2011; “Philip Roth’s Forthcoming Book, The Humbling” (review)  The Broadkill Review, vol. 3 no. 5, September, 2009; “Margaret Atwood’s Moral Disorder and Other Stories” (review) The Broadkill Review, vol. 2 no. 5 September, 2008; “TBR Reviews Philip Roth’s Forthcoming Novel, Indignation” (review) The Broadkill Review, vol. 2 no. 4 July, 2008; "Postmodern Thrills, the Classics" (poetry review) The Washington Times, Sunday, March 19, 2006; "A Late Romantic, Black Poetry" (poetry review) The Washington Times, Sunday, January 8, 2006; "Novelist as Poet, Essential Moderns" (poetry review) The Washington Times, Sunday, November 13, 2005; "Love <enter> by Paul Kafka" (review) The Washington Review vol. XIX, no. 2, Aug/Sep, 1993; "Arnost Lustig, Street of Lost Brothers” (review) The Washington Review vol. XVII, no 4, Dec. 91/Jan. 92;          

 

Five of his original short plays have been produced at various levels in the D.C. small-theater scene, including 

"By Saturday" (drama) (1986) (A veteran seeks a child he thinks might be his.) Source Theatre Warehouse Stage (blocked performance, no set)                                   Washington Summer Theater Festival; "Between Stages" (comedy) (1987) (The ups and downs of a Community Theater Company) Tour; D.C., Maryland, Virginia, the American University Repertory Company (full production); "Re‑Education of the American Proletariate" (political fable) (1988) (American Prole meets Revolutionary Youth) Source Theatre Mainstage (staged reading), Washington Summer Theater Festival; "Death Comes Twice" (comedy) (An aging playwright encounters Death in the person of a beautiful young woman who appears in his bed one night), Source Theatre Mainstage (staged reading), Washington Summer Theater Festival; "Scourge" (historical drama) (Attila the Hun meets Pope Leo the Great),  Wooly Mammoth Theatre (staged reading), Washington Summer Theater Festival .

Two of those plays, "Death Comes Twice" and  "Re‑Education of the American Proletariate" were reprised in the Milton Theater One-Act Play Competition in 2007 and 2008 respectively. (see PRIZES above.)

 

His short-story, "Sanctuary: A Film in Black and White," written in the form of a brief screen-play, was published by Linden Avenue Literary Journal in October 2015.

 

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Anthology:
What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Poets and Writers Spill Their Worst Reading Experiences (Paycock Press, 2019)
Chapbook:
Constructing Fiction (Broadkill Press, 2011)
Journal:
Sulphur River Literary Review

Fiction

Journals: , ,
Linden Avenue Literary Journal
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Sulphur River Literary Review
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Washington Review
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WordWrights

Poetry

Books:
Sakura (Broadkill Press, 2013)
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Freeholder (Argonne Hotel Press, 1996)
Journals: ,
Connecticut River Review
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Galley Sail Review
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Howling Dog
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Midwest Poetry Review
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Negative Capability
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Parnassus Literary Journal
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Phase & Cycle
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Poetry Motel Wallpaper
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Potomac Review
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Sulphur River Literary Review
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Voices International
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WordWrights
Prizes won: 

Sakura: A Cycle of Haiku The Broadkill Press, Milton, Delaware (ISBN 978-0-9837789-9-8) (Named “Best Book of Verse 2013” by the Delaware Press Association)

"Death Comes Twice" (comedy) (WINNER: BEST PLAY),(also BEST DIRECTOR, BEST ACTOR,  BEST ACTRESS, BEST COSTUMING)      2007 One-Act Play Competition The Milton Theatre (full production) (Best Play), Directed by Tommye Staeley (Best Director), Starring: Tom Sweeny (Best Actor) and Michelle Sylvester (Best Actress) (Best Costuming)

"Re‑Education of the American Proletariate" (political fable) (WINNER, BEST ACTOR) 2008 One-Act Play Competition The Milton Theatre (full production), Directed by Jamie Brown Starring: Tom Sweeny (Best Actor) and Ryan Morris

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Fictionally, in no particular order, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Margaret Atwood, Philip Roth, Anne Tyler, Jorge Luis Borges, Bobbie Ann Mason, Kurt Vonnegut, John Irving, Erica Jong, Henry Miller, Saul Bellow, Jane Austen, William Golding, Walter M. Miller, Jr., Grace Paley, Susan Minot, Alice Walker, Joseph Heller, Toni Morrison, John Updike, Richard Farina, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and many more. Poetically, in no particular order, Shakespeare, Milton, Hopkins, Frost, Eliot, Hughes, Plath, Pinsky, Stevens, Hayes, Lowell, Poe, Berryman, Cummings, Maxine Kumin, MacLeish, Strand, Auden, Creeley, Reuben Jackson, Elizabeth Alexander, Merwin, Hass, Millay, Joy Harjo, Philip Levine, Louise Gluck, and many, many others. In drama, Shakespeare, Sheridan, Albee, Wilson, Williams, Miller, O'Neill, Mamet, Hansberry, Shepard, Guare, Simon, Wasserstein, Hellman, Wilder, Kauffman, McNally, Hart, Wallace Shawn and many others.

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Washington, DC
District Of Columbia
Raised in: 
Washington, DC
District Of Columbia
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Last update: Jul 29, 2019