Kevin Brown (poet)

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Kevin Brown
Born July 9, 1970
Jackson, Tennessee, United States
Occupation Author, Poet, and Teacher
Nationality American
Notable works Exit Lines (2009), Another Way (2012), A Lexicon of Lost Words (2014), Liturgical Calendar: Poems (2014)

Kevin Brown (born July 9, 1970) is an American poet, author and teacher. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New York Quarterly, REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, Folio, Connecticut Review, South Carolina Review, Stickman Review,[1] Atlanta Review, and Palimpsest, among other journals. He has also published essays in The Chronicle of Higher Education,[2][3][4] Academe,[5][6] InsideHigherEd,[7][8][9][10][11] The Teaching Professor, and Eclectica Magazine.[12][13][14][15] He has published critical articles on Kurt Vonnegut, John Barth, Ralph Ellison, and what English majors do after graduation.[16][17]

Early life[edit]

Kevin Brown was born in Jackson, Tennessee. He grew up in Johnson City, Tennessee, with his parents and two siblings. Both of his parents worked at East Tennessee State University (ETSU).[18] His father, Jim Brown, attended ETSU as a student and was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.[19] As a teenager, Kevin played sports as well as competed in Bible Bowl competitions.[20]


Kevin received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Milligan College[21] in Elizabethton, Tennessee. He went on to pursue a Master's degree in English from East Tennessee State University[18] and graduated in 1994. He finished his Ph.D in English in December 1996, graduating from the University of Mississippi. He returned to school for a Master's in Library and Information Science, graduating in 1999 from the University of Alabama. He received his Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Murray State University in 2012.[17]

Work Experience[edit]

His first jobs were in private high schools, as Kevin began teaching English in 1997 at the Culver Academies, where he also worked as an assistant coach for the girls basketball team. After attending the University of Alabama, he was hired at Stratford Academy, where he taught for one year before serving as librarian for one year. In 2001, he was hired at Lee University as an Assistant Professor of English. He worked for Lee for two years, then moved to Tacoma, Washington to take a position as Upper School Librarian. He worked there one year before returning to Lee, where he has been since. He is currently a Professor of English there, teaching both literature and creative writing courses.[17]


Brown's first book, a collection of poems, Exit Lines,[22] was published in 2009 by Plain View Press.[23] He followed that with a chapbook: Abecedarium (2011)[24] from Finishing Line Press.[25] His latest chapbook, Holy Days: Poems, won the Split Oak Press chapbook competition in 2011[26] and was published by Split Oak Press in 2012. He also published a memoir of his spiritual development, Another Way: Finding Faith, Then Finding It Again, in 2012 with Wipf and Stock Publishers. He has a forthcoming book of criticism, They Love to Tell the Story, Five Contemporary Authors Take on the Gospels, which was published in 2012 by Kennesaw State University Press.[17]

Awards and Honors[edit]

  • Lee University Excellence in Teaching award, 2011-12[27]
  • Lee University Excellence in Scholarship Recipient, 2009-10[28]
  • Lee University Excellence in Advising award, 2010-11[29]
  • Sigma Tau Delta Outstanding Regional Sponsor Award, Southern Region, 2010-11[30]
  • First Place in Split Oak Press Chapbook Competition, 2011; Holy Days[26]
  • Finalist for Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry (The Broome Review and Split Oak Press), 2011; Holy Days[31]
  • Semi-Finalist in Elixir Antivenom Poetry Award, 2011; A Lexicon of Lost Words
  • Finalist in Elixir Press Eleventh Annual Poetry Awards, 2010; A Lexicon of Lost Words
  • Finalist in Concrete Wolf Chapbook Award, 2010; Holy Days
  • Finalist in Copperdome Poetry Chapbook Competition, 2010; Holy Days
  • Finalist in Plan B Press Poetry Chapbook Competition, 2010; Holy Days
  • Honorable Mention and Two Finalists for Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize, The Heartland Review, 2010
  • Two Honorable Mentions for Ruth Redel Poetry Contest, The Heartland Review, 2010
  • Second Runner-Up in Concrete Wolf Chapbook Award, 2009; Abecedarium


  1. ^ Free Love by Kevin Brown
  2. ^ A Post-Tenure Review - Do Your Job Better - The Chronicle of Higher Education
  3. ^ Going Backstage in Students' Lives - Advice - The Chronicle of Higher Education
  4. ^ Living in a Different World - Advice - The Chronicle of Higher Education
  5. ^ AAUP: Writing What I Want in a Publish-or-Perish World
  6. ^ AAUP: That's Not Funny, Actually
  7. ^
  8. ^ An Alternative Path to Teaching | Inside Higher Ed
  9. ^ What Professors Want From Editors and Peer Reviewers | Inside Higher Ed
  10. ^ Why I Attend Small Conferences | Inside Higher Ed
  11. ^ Don't Phone It In | Inside Higher Ed
  12. ^ I Was a Teenage Fundamentalist - Nonfiction by Kevin Brown - Eclectica Magazine v12n4
  13. ^ In Praise of the Rut - Nonfiction by Kevin Brown - Eclectica Magazine v13n3
  14. ^ Why I Don't Write - Kevin Brown - Eclectica Magazine v7n4
  15. ^ Songs, Poems, and Missing the Point Completely - Nonfiction by Kevin Brown - Eclectica Magazine v14n1
  16. ^ What Can They Do with an English Major: Showing Students the Breadth of the Discipline through the Introductory Course to the Discipline and Advising
  17. ^ a b c d Lee University - Cleveland TN
  18. ^ a b ETSU Homepage
  19. ^ Hall of Fame - Members - Official Site of East Tennessee State Athletics
  20. ^ National Bible Bowl - Welcome
  21. ^ Milligan College - Christian College with Liberal Arts Program
  22. ^ See Exit Lines (2009) on Google Books
  23. ^ Exit Lines by Kevin Brown - Plain View Press
  24. ^ See Abecedarium: poems on Google Books and a review from Goodreads.
  25. ^ Abecedarium by Kevin Brown, Finishing Line Press
  26. ^ a b 2011 Poetry Winners
  27. ^
  28. ^ News
  29. ^ News
  30. ^ News
  31. ^ ~ 2011 Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry ~ Winner Shelley Puhak “The Consolation of Fairy Tales” Runner Up Lois Marie Harrod “The Only Is” Other Finalists Melanie Graham “Super Mem...

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