November 2, 2009
Poet, musician and photographer Nathan Brown will speak at Oklahoma Baptist University Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Geiger Center, room 212. The public is invited to come hear the award-winning poet and poetry advocate. OBU's English Department will host the event.
"We in the English Department believe that poetry is more than just a subject of academic analysis," said Dr. Benjamin Myers, associate professor of English. "We believe that it is a living part of our culture, and it enriches the life of anyone willing to listen and to read."
For 15 years, Brown worked as a professional musician and songwriter in and around Oklahoma City, Okla., Nashville, Tenn., Austin, Texas, and various sections of Russia and Israel.
"Brown is a dynamic and accessible poet whose blend of passion and humor speaks to a contemporary audience," Myers said. "His work offers a redemptive vision of the extraordinary in everyday life."
Brown has written five published poetry books. "Two Tables Over," his most recent book, won the 2009 Oklahoma Book Award in the poetry category. The other four include: "Not Exactly Job," "Suffer the Little Voices," "Hobson's Choice" and "Ashes Over the Southwest."
"Poetry is an alarm clock that wakes us from the sleepiness of our everyday lives," Myers said. "We want to provide opportunities for our students and the OBU and Shawnee communities to hear the living voices of poets engaged in the world around us."
Brown graduated from the University of Oklahoma with his interdisciplinary Ph.D. in creative and professional writing. Currently he teaches for the Human Relations and Liberal Studies departments at OU and serves as the Artist-in Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma.
"We are proud to host him in what we hope to be the first in a long series of readings on campus," Myers said.