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Nickole Brown’s books include her debut, Sister, a novel-in-poems, and the anthology, Air Fare, which she co-edited with Judith Taylor. Her upcoming collection, Fanny Says, will be published by BOA Editions in May of 2015. She graduated from The Vermont College of Fine Arts and was the editorial assistant for the late Hunter S. Thompson. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Kentucky Arts Council. She worked at the independent, literary press, Sarabande Books, for ten years and was the National Publicity Consultant for Arktoi Books. She has taught creative writing at the University of Louisville, Bellarmine University, and at the low-residency M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at Murray State. Her work has appeared in Bloom Magazine, The Los Angeles Review, Post Road, Diagram Magazine, The Oxford American, and StorySouth. Currently, she is the Editor for the Marie Alexander Series in Prose Poetry and lives in Little Rock, AR, where she is the Assistant Professor of poetry at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. To learn more about her, visit

"Blessed. That's not a word I use often, but I can't help reaching for that adjective to describe those two weeks of poetry sweetened by summer on the Cumberland Plateau, where you might see a deer stretch herself up on hind legs to pluck an apple from a tree in the morning and where every sunset, without fail, is met with a chorus of bright and greening fireflies. This is June in Sewanee—a time when young writers gather their stamina and bravery to give themselves to their writing.

During workshop, you'll read a wide range of contemporary poetry and discuss matters of craft, but most importantly, we'll use this unhindered time for a deep practice of awareness. By awareness, I mean attention as a form of devotion; as a raw, muscular kind of seeking; as an unflinching dedication to scrubbing away one's preconceived notions of a thing in order to see it for what it really is; as a discipline—one of the core disciplines—of writing.

Awareness—as it's taught to visual artists in the drawing studio or to practitioners of meditation who attempt to sit silently for hours on end—isn't a passive reception of information. No, it is focus, a striving, something that most beginners will fail at time and again. But its worth? Invaluable. Those who achieve true awareness are changed by it. This intensive is designed to demonstrate this transformative power and to have you begin that practice as a writer in the world."
Elizabeth Grammer, Director
Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference • 735 University Avenue • The University of the South • Sewanee, Tennessee 37383-1000