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Nathan Brown is a singer-songwriter, photographer, and award-winning poet who was recently appointed the Poet Laureate of Oklahoma for 2013/2014. His mission is to take back poetry from the hard academic grip of the ivory tower and those who too often use poetry for personal therapy. . . both being good reasons audiences for poetry have run for the hills in the United States.

Nathan now travels widely, offering readings, house concerts, creativity workshops, and musical performances in an effort to bring back the hint of a smile and the hope for a good story in poems. . . poems unafraid of making sense. . . poems that carry us to better places. (Bio continued below.)



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Catching Up...

As of 7/1/14

Less Is More, More or Less, is here! It is available at Full Circle Bookstore in OKC, BookPeople in Austin, and at Amazon.com...

The West Coast Tour was a big success. I came home operating in the black on finances. . . which, on poetry standards, is rockin' & rollin'. The more important thing, however, is the number of new friends I have. There are too many folks to thank. But you know who you are, and thank you SO much.

Now, it's off to The Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma. I look forward to this scorching event every year. In spite of the way the streets there in Okemah burn your feet right through the soles of your shoes. Nothing like though. I totally "free" festival. That doesn't happen in too many places these days!

I also want to tell the Oklahoma Humanities Council what a privilege it is to be working with folks who truly care about the state of the arts, and our humanity. You all are fantastic, and thank you for all you do.

As a reminder. . .

Karma Crisis: New and Selected Poems is now available for order on the Books page. This contains my first three books, trimmed down and polished up a bit, along with a collection of new poems. We're very happy with this one, and especially the wonderful artwork by the untouchable Chris Everett.

Thanks to Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe for taking on my books. This has been a favorite haunt in the City of Faith for a long time, so if you get out that way, don't miss them. These folks love and care about books!

Letters to the One-Armed Poet: A Memoir of Friendship, Loss, and Butternut Squash Ravioli is available. This first venture into the world of prose was both surprising and rewarding. My good friend, Jim Chastain, was a wonderful poet and a tireless champion for the cause of poetry. This collection of letters is a celebration of our friendship and many travels together.

Click here to see a review by Erica Smith in The Daily Oklahoman.

Tune into the Living Juicy website to hear an interview I did with Rhea Goodman on Santa Fe's NPR station, KSFR 101.1. This was a "wonderful" conversation! Many, many thanks to Rhea for such a great experience. Click here to go straight to the MP3 audio file.

The album, Gypsy Moon, is also available, here on the website (if you want a CD), and also on iTunes!
Click here to hear a sample of tunes, and click on the Books & CDs page to order it.
Keep an eye on the Events page for upcoming concerts featuring these songs and poems.

Talk to you again soon,

Nathan

To book a performance or workshop, contact Ashley at: mezcalitapress@gmail.com
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Nathan has published nine books. Less Is More, More or Less (Mezcalita Press, 2013); Karma Crisis: New and Selected Poems (Mezcalita Press); Letters to the One-Armed Poet, his first memoir; and a previous collection of poetry, Two Tables Over, won the 2009 Oklahoma Book Award. The others are: My Sideways Heart, Not Exactly Job (a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award); Ashes over the Southwest; Suffer the Little Voices (a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award); and Hobson's Choice.

He's also worked as a professional songwriter and musician for decades in and around Oklahoma City, Nashville, and Austin. He has performed in venues such as the Bluebird in Nashville, the Cactus in Austin, the Mucky Duck in Houston, and the Blue Door in Oklahoma City. . . as well as in Israel and Russia. He's also worked and/or performed with artists like Billy Crockett, Jon Dee Graham, Sam Baker, Michael Johnson, Cynthia Clawson, and Tom Wopat. His most recent album, Gypsy Moon, was recorded at Blue Rock Studios just outside of Austin.

Nathan holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Creative and Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma. He currently teaches History of the Arts and Humanities courses for the Liberal Studies Department at the University of Oklahoma, as well as Introduction to Songwriting for Austin Community College, and he has served as the Artist in Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma.

To book a performance or workshop, contact Ashley at: mezcalitapress@gmail.com


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