Parnassus Books is pleased to welcome Bill Brown as he reads from and signs The Cairns: New and Selected Poems.
The Cairns: New and Selected Poems represents over thirty years of writing and publishing poems for author Bill Brown, beginning in the early 1980’s. The title poem uses cairns, stacked stones, metaphorically: “I stack words to remember what words alone / can’t say. The tongue is an eye, a poet wrote, / not just a choking muscle, fumbling with age. / The earth a grave of lost words, stones / and children’s bones; a cairn, itself, crude and holey… .”
Bill Brown is the author of ten poetry collections and a writing textbook on which he collaborated with Malcolm Glass. During the past thirty years, he has published hundreds of poems and articles in college journals, magazines and anthologies. In 1999 Brown wrote and co-produced the Instructional Television Series, Student Centered Learning, for Nashville Public Television. He holds a degree in history from Bethel College and graduate degrees in English from the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College and George Peabody College. Starting in 1983 Brown directed the writing program at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet School in Nashville for 19 years. He retired from Hume-Fogg in May, 2003 and accepted a part time lecturer’s position at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. In 1995 the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts named him Distinguished Teacher in the Arts. He has been a Scholar in Poetry at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, a Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a two-time recipient of Fellowships in poetry from the Tennessee Arts Commission. In 2011 the Tennessee Writers Alliance awarded Brown Writer of the Year. He and his wife Suzanne live in the hills of Robertson County with a tribe of cats.