Jericho was born Nelson Demery III on April 14, 1976, and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. Brown later changed his name and graduated from Dillard University, where he was initiated as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, through the Beta Phi chapter, in the fall of 1995. He also graduated from the University of New Orleans with an MFA, and from the University of Houston with a Ph.D.
Brown has been the recipient of honors including the Whiting Writers' Award and fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation, and Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, among others.
His first book, Please (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, a book of poetry titled The New Testament (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), won the 2015 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.
Brown's third book, a collection of poems titled The Tradition (Copper Canyon Press, 2019), garnered widespread critical acclaim and won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
Brown was a teaching fellow in the English department at the University of Houston from 2002 to 2007, a visiting professor at San Diego State University's MFA program in spring 2009, and an assistant professor of English at the University of San Diego. He has also taught at numerous conferences and workshops, including the Iowa Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa. htdy
In 2011, Brown received the 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry. His poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, jubilat, The Nation, New England Review, The New Republic, Oxford American, The New Yorker, Enkare Review, and The Best American Poetry. He serves as an Assistant Editor at Callaloo.
Jericho is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing program at Emory University in Atlanta.
Poems - 10 in all
Track 1: Lush Life
Prayer of the Backhanded
Jericho Brown - 2 ~ New ~
A Young Man