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Lee Ann Brown

Lee Ann Brown's first full-length book, Polyverse won Sun & Moon's New American Poetry Prize Competition and was published by Sun & Moon Press in 1999.  Her book The Sleep that Changed Everything was published in 2003 by Wesleyan University Press.  She has performed her poetry and shown her films internationally and has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Fund for Poetry, Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Djerassi Artists Residency, and the Foundation Royaumont.  Last summer she was among five poets selected to attend a special collaborative session between poets and musicians at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia.

Brown's poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies including An Anthology of New (American) Poets, and Primary Trouble:  An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry,  (both from Talisman House), Writing from the New Coast:  (o.blek editions), Fire Readings: A Collection of Contemporary Writing from the Shakespeare & Company Benefit Readings, and Out of This World:  An Anthology of the St. Mark's Poetry Project.  Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and periodicals including  "Java" (Paris), "How2"  (Bucknell University), "Combo," "Capilano Review"  (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC), "Fence Magazine," "The Boston Review," "Verse Magazine," "Shambala Sun," "6ix" and many others.

    Her long poem "Crush," (the final poem in "Polyverse"), has been translated into the French by Eric Giraud and has just been published as "Prise" from Format Americain, Bordeaux, France, Spring 2000.

    Lee Ann Brown is also the editor and publisher of Tender Buttons, an award-winning independent poetry press which features experimental poetry by women.  The first Tender Buttons book was Bernadette Mayer's Sonnets  (1989), followed by ten more full-length titles including Harryette Mullen's Trimmings, Rosmarie Waldrop's Lawn of Excluded Middle, Jennifer Moxley's Imagination Verses and special editions of broadsides and chapbooks.

Born in 1963 in Saitama, Japan and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Brown now lives in both New York City and Marshall, NC.  She received a BA in English and Women's Studies and an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University.  She is Associate Professor of English at St. John's University, and also teaches poetry at Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.