Derrick Weston Brown

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Derrick Weston Brown holds an MFA in Creative Writing, from American University. He has studied poetry under Dr. Tony Medina at Howard University. and Cornelius Eady at American University. He is a graduate of the Cave Canem Summer Workshop for black poets, the VONA Summer Workshop, and Squaw Valley Summer Workshop. He has performed widely and his work has appeared in such literary journals as The Little Patuxent Review, Mythium, The Tidal Basin Review, DerumVoices, The Columbia Poetry Review, and the online journals Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Howard University's Amistad, Locus Point, MiPoesias, Vinyl Poetry and Borderline. He works as a bookseller and book buyer for the nonprofit organization Teaching for Change, whose bookstore is located in Busboys and Poets, where he founded a seven year running reading series: The Nine on the Ninth. Brown teaches poetry and creative writing at Hart Middle School in Southeast Washington D.C. His debut poetry collection entitled, Wisdom Teeth, was released in April 2011 from Busboys and Poets Press/PM Press. He has taught creative writing at Emerson Preparatory School, and as a visiting artist for the PEN/Faulker Foundation’s Writers in Schools program, and been a writer-in-residence at Busboys & Poets and for the Howard County Poetry Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo). He is a native of Charlotte, NC, and resides in Mount Rainier, MD.

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Submitted by Kim Roberts, August 2014

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