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Nathan Brown Appointed Oklahoma Poet Laureate

Nathan Brown Appointed Oklahoma Poet Laureate

Oklahoma City, OK--The Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) announced that Governor Mary Fallin appointed distinguished musician, photographer, and award-winning poet Nathan Brown as Oklahoma Poet Laureate for 2013 through 2014. OHC facilitates the poet laureate selection committee which reviews statewide nominations on behalf of the governor and coordinates the activities and appearances of the poet laureate throughout his/her term.

“Poetry enriches our lives by providing thoughtful and meaningful insights into our world. The work of Nathan Brown, our newest State Poet Laureate, is no exception. I know he’ll do a great job encouraging the reading and appreciation of poetry in Oklahoma and continue to draw a wider audience into this important field of artistic expression,” said Governor Mary Fallin.

Upon learning of his appointment, Brown commented, "I am truly grateful to Governor Fallin and the Oklahoma Humanities Council for this appointment. It is an honor. I am excited as well about this opportunity to represent both Oklahoma and the cause of poetry for the next two years."

Brown has published eight books, most recently Karma Crisis: New and Selected Poems (2012). His book, Two Tables Over, won the prestigious 2009 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry given by Oklahoma Center for the Book.

Brown stated, "Poetry is experiencing a powerful renaissance in the states right now, in a move to come down out of the clouds of incoherence and back to readers and audiences—wonderful stories and lyrics that reach out to listeners, instead of pushing them away. Not enough people realize what a leading force Oklahoma poets are in this overall movement. We have a vibrant poetry community here, and I look forward to making as many introductions to, and 'reconnections' between, these talented artists and my favorite state."

Information on Brown will soon be posted on the OHC website, http://www.okhumanities.org, including examples of his poetry and an application to request Brown's appearance at poetry readings and community events.