Kevin Brown (poet)

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Kevin Brown
BornJuly 9, 1970
Jackson, Tennessee, United States
OccupationAuthor, Poet, and Teacher
Notable worksExit Lines (2009), Another Way (2012), They Love to Tell the Story: Five Contemporary Novelists Take on the Gospels (2012), A Lexicon of Lost Words (2014), Liturgical Calendar: Poems (2014)

Kevin Brown (born July 9, 1970) is an American poet, author and teacher. He has published three full collections of poems--Liturgical Calendar: Poems;[1] A Lexicon of Lost Words;[2] and Exit Lines,[3] as well as a memoir, Another Way: Finding Faith, Then Finding It Again.[4] He has also published essays in The Chronicle of Higher Education,[5][6][7] Academe,[8][9] InsideHigherEd,[10][11][12][13][14] The Teaching Professor, and Eclectica Magazine.[15][16][17][18] He has published a work of scholarship--They Love to Tell the Story: Five Contemporary Novelists Take on the Gospels[19]—as well as critical articles on Kurt Vonnegut, John Barth, Ralph Ellison, Tony Earley, and what English majors do after graduation.[20][21]

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).[22] His father, Jim Brown, attended ETSU as a student and was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.[23] As a teenager, Kevin played sports as well as competed in Bible Bowl competitions.[24]


Kevin received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Milligan College[25] in Elizabethton, Tennessee. He went on to pursue a Master's degree in English from East Tennessee State University[22] 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.[21]

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.[21] He is the only professor to receive all three faculty awards (teaching, advising, and scholarship).[26]


Full-Length Poetry Collections

Exit Lines: Poems (2009, Plain View Press)

A Lexicon of Lost Words (2014, Snake Nation Press)

Liturgical Calendar: Poems (2014, Wipf and Stock Publishers)


Abecedarium (2011, Finishing Line Press)

Holy Days (2012, Split Oak Press)


Another Way: Finding Faith, Then Finding Faith Again (2012, Wipf and Stock Publishers)

Literary Criticism

They Love to Tell the Story: Five Contemporary Novelists Take on the Gospels (2012, Kennesaw State University Press)

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 Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry, Snake Nation Press, 2012; A Lexicon of Lost Words[31]
  • Honorable Mention and Finalist in Quercus Review Spring Poetry Book Award Contest, 2014; Jack Imagines a Different Map[32]
  • First Place in Split Oak Press Chapbook Competition, 2011; Holy Days
  • Finalist for Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry (The Broome Review and Split Oak Press), 2011; Holy Days[33]
  • 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


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  5. ^ A Post-Tenure Review - Do Your Job Better - The Chronicle of Higher Education
  6. ^ Going Backstage in Students' Lives - Advice - The Chronicle of Higher Education
  7. ^ Living in a Different World - Advice - The Chronicle of Higher Education
  8. ^ AAUP: Writing What I Want in a Publish-or-Perish World
  9. ^ AAUP: That's Not Funny, Actually
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  11. ^ An Alternative Path to Teaching | Inside Higher Ed
  12. ^ What Professors Want From Editors and Peer Reviewers | Inside Higher Ed
  13. ^ Why I Attend Small Conferences | Inside Higher Ed
  14. ^ Don't Phone It In | Inside Higher Ed
  15. ^ I Was a Teenage Fundamentalist - Nonfiction by Kevin Brown - Eclectica Magazine v12n4
  16. ^ In Praise of the Rut - Nonfiction by Kevin Brown - Eclectica Magazine v13n3
  17. ^ Why I Don't Write - Kevin Brown - Eclectica Magazine v7n4
  18. ^ Songs, Poems, and Missing the Point Completely - Nonfiction by Kevin Brown - Eclectica Magazine v14n1
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  20. ^ What Can They Do with an English Major: Showing Students the Breadth of the Discipline through the Introductory Course to the Discipline and Advising
  21. ^ a b c Lee University - Cleveland TN
  22. ^ a b ETSU Homepage
  23. ^ Hall of Fame - Members - Official Site of East Tennessee State Athletics
  24. ^ National Bible Bowl - Welcome
  25. ^ Milligan College - Christian College with Liberal Arts Program
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  33. ^ ~ 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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