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Steven Brown

Steven Ford Brown began his career as a journalist in 1973 in Birmingham, Alabama. The same year he created a series of profiles for a local alternative newspaper of American artists and poets that included Diane Arbus, John Beecher, Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg, Richard Hugo and Diane Wakoski. He has founded and edited several literary magazines and presses, and for twenty years he was the editor and publisher of Ford Brown & Co., Publishers, a publisher of fine literature He is currently the founder and Senior Editor of the Official Website for Tomas Tranströmer, the 2011 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature: http://tomastranstromer.net/

As a writer he is the co-editor of Invited Guest: An Anthology of Twentieth Century Southern Poetry (University of Virginia Press (2001), a book selected as one of the 100 Notable Books for 2001 from a University Press and featured on C-SPAN Book TV. His most recent book, a translation of Jorge Carrera Andrade's Microgramas, was published in a bilingual edition in Ecuador.

He was recently in residence at the Swedish Writer's Union in Stockholm, and he frequently travels and lives in Europe. He has lived in Somerville since 1988.

 

                                                               Publications and Awards

 

Books

Microgramas, Jorge Carrera Andrade, as translator with J. Enrique Ojeda, Orogenia Corporacion Cultural: Quito, Ecuador, 2007

One More River To Cross: The Selected Poems of John Beecher, as editor with preface by Studs Terkel, ed., NewSouth Books, 2003

18 Contemporary Poets from Spain, as editor, The Atlanta Review Special Edition, Atlanta Review Press, 2003

Century of The Death of The Rose: The Selected Poems of Jorge Carrera Andrade, as translator, NewSouth Books, 2002

Edible Amazonia: Twenty Poems From God's Amazonian Recipe Book, Nicomedes Suarez Arauz, as translator, Bitter Oleander Press, 2002

After Neruda, After Paz: 16 Latin American Poets, as editor, The Atlanta Review Special Edition, Atlanta Review Press, 2002

Invited Guest: An Anthology of Twentieth Century Southern Poetry, as co-editor with David Rigsbee, University of Virginia Press, 2001

Astonishing World: The Selected Poems of Ángel González, 1956-1986, as translator, Milkweed Editions, 1993

 

                                                                                                      

Literary Awards

Swedish Writers Union Residency, Stockholm, Sweden, 2007

Ministerio de Cultura Translation Grant for Astonishing World: Selected Poems of Ángel González, Madrid, Spain, 1992

National Endowment for the Arts Publishing Grant, 1988, 1983, 1981

Texas Commission for the Arts Literary Publishing Grant, 1988

Indiana University Honors Division, Poet in Residence, 1982

The Linn-Henley Charitable Trust Grant, 1982

Birmingham Festival of the Arts Silver Bowl Award for Contributions to Literature, 1982