Nathan Brown was born in Longview, Texas in 1965. His family moved to Norman, Oklahoma in January 1970, where he grew up and went to college. He now hails from Wimberley, a small town in the Hill Country of Texas where he has lived with his wife, Ashley, since 2013.
Nathan holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in English and Journalism with an emphasis in Creative and Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma. And though he taught there for almost twenty years, he's now returned to the Austin area to be closer to the music scene there and tours the country full-time as a poet, musician, and workshop leader. He has published roughly 20 books, Two Tables Over won the Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry. Karma Crisis: New and Selected Poems was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize in New Jersey.
He also began as the instructor for the Descanso Creatives intensive workshop series in 2018. The workshops are a "deep-dive" and culturally-immersive writing experience. Beginning in Tuscany, Italy, future workshops are planned for Ireland (2019) and France (2020).
About 100 Years
Along with his songs and prose, author and singer-songwriter Nathan Brown has written at least one poem every day for over 20 years now. And from that practice comes this new collection in which each poem deals chronologically with every year of our lives, from the ages of 0 to 100. In one, he tells the story of an 8-year-old girl attempting to cross the border into the U.S. with her older brother. Further in, he works through the mental gyrations of a 39-year-old man and a woman who is 61 falling in love at a reading in a bookstore. As a whole, these poems offer a stark sensitivity to all the stages, transitions, and graduations of life, while also marking a willingness to put an honest, sometimes even cold and hard, magnifying glass up to the struggles of the soul—the Venus and the Mars in us all.