April 2 Meeting – Bill Brown, Poet

Please join us on Thursday, April 2, as we celebrate National Poetry Month with a visit from poet Bill Brown. Brown is the author of six collections of poetry, three chapbooks, and a writing textbook co-authored with Malcolm Glass. During the past twenty years, he has published hundreds of poems and articles in college, journals, magazines and anthologies. In 1999, Brown wrote and co-produced the instructional television series, Student Centered Learning for Nashville Public Television.

Brown holds an undergraduate degree from Bethel College and graduate degrees in English from The Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, and George Peabody College. From 1983 to his retirement in 2003, he directed the writing program at Hume Fogg Academic Magnet School in Nashville. After retirement he was a part time lecturer at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.

In 1995 the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts named him Distinguished Teacher in the Arts. He has been a Scholar in Poetry at The Breadloaf Writers Conference, a Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a two-time recipient of fellowships in poetry from the Tennessee Arts Commission. In 2011 the Tennessee Writers Alliance awarded Brown Writer-of-the-Year.

Brown’s most recent work is titled, Elemental, published in November 2014 by Taos Press. In this masterful combination of memoir and poetry, he explores “how myth invades our private lives,” and how from the distance of age, we become our stories. His poetry presents the many and varied seasons of life and the shadow of a man’s fate. He lives in Greenbrier, Tennessee in the hills of Robertson County with his wife Suzanne and a tribe of cats.

Our meetings are free and open to the public. We will meet at Jonathan’s Grille at The Green Hills Mall. (3805 Green Hills Village Dr. Nashville, TN 37215).  The program will start at 6:00 p.m. and end at 7:15 p.m. Come early, starting at 5:00 p.m., for an opportunity to network with other members and guests, and if you like, order from Jonathan’s Grille dinner menu. 

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