Nathan Brown

Award-winning poet, singer-songwriter and photographer Nathan Brown’s first work of nonfiction has to do with his travels, trials, and friendship with the late poet and author Jim Chastain.  Presented as a collection of letters to a good and dear friend, the book has as much or more to do with guacamole, bar-b-que and margaritas as it does with loss.

Brown will read from his just released Letters to the One-Armed Poet: A Memoir of Friendship, Loss and Butternut Squash Ravioli, at the Second Sunday Poetry Reading on July 10 in the Norman Depot, 200 S. Jones.  The free reading begins at 2:00 pm. 

“In this new work of mostly prose from an important contemporary poet, Nathan Brown engages with poets Jim Chastain and Charles Bukowski about stupidity, denial, and betrayal in the world--oh yes, and rare beauty too.  A triumphant memoir overall, this book maps a friendship and along the way visits some of the hellacious places that contemporary prose and poetry do not often go to and survive.” says Robert Con Davis-Undiano, Executive Director of World Literature Today.

Filled with accounts of laughter, life, hope, reality, denial, truth and food “...this collection of memories follows a trail that starts deep inside the heart of the author and travels through his pen and onto the paper as a celebration of a life cut short by cancer.” says Erica Smith in a Daily Oklahoman review.  “But be prepared — Brown's touching prose will make you pine for a margarita and your own bowl of homemade guacamole.”

Brown holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Creative and Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma. He currently teaches for the Human Relations and Liberal Studies departments at the University of Oklahoma and has also served as the Artist-in-Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma.  He is committed to sharing poems that tell stories, that make us smile and wince, and that make a certain amount of sense.  

For information about this or other programs at the Performing Arts Studio, phone 405-307-9320.