Second Sunday Poetry will feature 2013-14 Poet Laureate of Oklahoma, Nathan Brown, with a reading from his work on July 12 beginning at 2:00 pm. The reading in The Depot, 200 S. Jones, is free. Light refreshments are served.
Norman native, singer-songwriter, photographer, and award-winning poet Nathan Brown now travels widely, offering readings, house concerts, creativity workshops, and musical performances in an effort to bring back the hint of a smile and the hope for a good story in poems… poems unafraid of making sense… poems that carry us to better places.
"Poetry is experiencing a powerful renaissance in the states right now, in a move to come down out of the clouds of incoherence and back to readers and audiences—wonderful stories and lyrics that reach out to listeners, instead of pushing them away. Not enough people realize what a leading force Oklahoma poets are in this overall movement. We have a vibrant poetry community here" says Brown.
The author of ten books, Brown will be reading from his most recent book To Sing Hallucinated: First Thoughts on Last Words, “a collection that has to do with the last words of famous and/or notorious people.”
His other books include: Less Is More, More or Less; Karma Crisis: New and Selected Poems; Letters to the One-Armed Poet; Two Tables Over (2009 Oklahoma Book Award); My Sideways Heart; Not Exactly Job (a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award); Ashes over the Southwest; Suffer the Little Voices (a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award); and Hobson's Choice. Nathan is also the editor of the anthology Oklahoma Poems And Their Poets.
Nathan Brown holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Creative and Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma. He currently teaches History of the Arts and Humanities courses for the Liberal Studies Department at the University of Oklahoma, as well as Introduction to Songwriting for Austin Community College, and he has served as the Artist in Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma. He recently served as creative writing instructor at the prestigious Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain.
For additional information about this and other programs at The Depot, phone 405 307-9320. Programs are made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council.