2018-08-17 / People

Former Poet Brown to Visit Mackinac Island Public Library


Poet Fleda Brown reviews new books of poetry on Interlochen Public Radio. She will read her own poems at the library Wednesday, August 22. (Courtesy photograph) Poet Fleda Brown reviews new books of poetry on Interlochen Public Radio. She will read her own poems at the library Wednesday, August 22. (Courtesy photograph) Fleda Brown of Traverse City will read her poetry at Mackinac Island Public Library Wednesday, August 22.

Mrs. Brown is the former poet laureate of Delaware from 2001 to 2007 and teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop lowresidency MFA program in Tacoma, Washington. She won a 2009 Pushcart Prize for her poem, “The Kayak and the Eiffel Tower,” has published a book of memoir essays, “Driving With Dvorak.” She has won the Philip Levine Prize, the Verna Emery Prize, a Center for Advanced Study Fellowship, and the Great Lakes New Writers’ Award, and her work has been nominated for the National Poetry Series, the Pulitzer Prize, and a USA Artists Fellowship.

Mrs. Brown is a retired English professor from the University of Delaware. Her poem “Bees” is featured in “If Bees Are Few: A Hive of Bee Poems,” edited by James Lenfestey.

Born in Columbia, Missouri in 1944 and reared in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Mrs. Brown joined the University of Delaware English

Department in 1978 and founded the Poets in the Schools Program, which she directed for more than 12 years.

Her poem, “If I Were a Swan,” has been scored for choir by American composer Kevin Puts.

Her free presentation will begin at 4 p.m.

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