This week we welcome Daniel Brown as our guest author. Daniel's poems have appeared in Poetry, Partisan Review, PN Review, Parnassus, The New Criterionand other journals, as well as a number of anthologies including Poetry 180 (ed. Billy Collins) and Fathers (ed. David Ray). His work has been awarded a Pushcart prize, and his collection Taking the Occasion won the New Criterion Poetry Prize. A new collection, What More?, is forthcoming from Orchises Press in January. Brown’s criticism of poets and poetry has appeared in The Harvard Book Review, The New Criterion, and the onlineContemporary Poetry Review. His Why Bach? is an online appreciation of the composer. Brown grew up and lives on Long Island. He studied musical composition and musicology at Cornell University, holds a Masters in Musicology from Cornell, and taught music history and theory at Cornell and Dartmouth College. A growing interest in computers led him to the IT field, where he has worked at IBM and other companies in a variety of technical, marketing, and management positions. Brown's website is www.daniel-brown-poet.com.
In other news . . .
The American Scholar continues its popular Next Line, Please crowd sourced poetry contest with David Lehman as judge. This time, readers are writing an acrostic, based on an epigraph taken from Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self-Reliance. Find the details and enter your line here.