Today is the last day of National Poetry Month, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t share some exciting new with you before the clock strikes midnight.
A few years ago, we published The Salt Before It Shakes, a collection of poetry by Yvonne Stephens. Since then, the focus of our work primarily has been fiction and nonfiction. But looking ahead, we will bring poetry back into the selection of Hidden Timber Books with the help of our new Poetry Editor, F. Douglas Brown.
In the introduction to Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry, Rita Dove writes, “We look to our poets to help us hear that communal heartbeat by keeping the language fresh; we know only too well what a difference a word, and the pauses surrounding that word, can make….”
To hear that communal heartbeat.
Last year Doug Brown introduced us to this power in poetry when he hosted The Friday Framework in partnership with Hidden Timber. In each of the books he’s written, his poetry speaks of role models and heroes, of fatherhood and family. Doug brings experience, a passion for the written — and spoken — word, and a vision of how Hidden Timber Books might foster and carry forward another community of writers.
F. DOUGLAS BROWN is the author of two poetry collections, ICON (Writ Large Press, 2018), and Zero to Three (University of Georgia, 2014), winner of the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize selected by US Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith. Brown, an educator for over 25 years, currently teaches English and African American Poetry at Loyola High School of Los Angeles, and is both a Cave Canem and Kundiman fellow. He is the co-founder and co-curator of un::fade::able – The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. When he is not teaching, writing or with his children (Isaiah, Olivia, and Simone), he is busy DJing in the greater Los Angeles area.
Welcome, Doug, we are grateful to have you as part of the Hidden Timber Books masthead!