Aaron Brown

Aaron Brown is a published novelist and poet who completed his M.F.A. in Poetry Writing from the University of Maryland. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in English Writing from Wheaton College in Illinois. Brown grew up in Chad, Africa, an experience that informs much of his work. He is the author of the poetry collection, “Acacia Road,” winner of the Gerald Cable Book Award and the Nelson Poetry Book Award. He has also published a poetry chapbook, “Winnower,” and a novella, “Bound,” and has writing featured in over fifty publications.

Brown believes that learning is as important outside the classroom as it is inside. He is passionately committed to helping students explore their own narratives through writing, literature, and beyond. Aaron and his wife, Melinda, live in Lyons, where they enjoy biking, running, playing basketball, and drinking good coffee.


M.F.A. in Poetry Writing from the University of Maryland
B.A. in English Writing from Wheaton College


Brown’s poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have been published in Transition Magazine, World Literature Today online, Tupelo Quarterly, The Portland Review, Cimarron Review, The Cresset, Sojourners, RELEVANT, Ruminate, Warscapes, Dappled Things, Saint Katherine Review, Windhover, The Curator, Humane Pursuits, jmww, Literary Bohemian, Polaris (First Place Fiction Prize), and North Central Review, among others. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and anthologized in Best New African Poets 2015.


“Acacia Road,” poetry collection, Silverfish Review Press, 2018.

“Winnower,” poetry collection, Wipf & Stock, 2013.

“Bound,” novella, Wipf & Stock, 2012.

Academic Papers & Reviews

“Crossing Cultures: Among Others, Embracing Others,” Panelist & Moderator, Festival of Faith & Writing, April 2018.

“What I do is me: Poetry & the Problem of Self-Love,” Culture, Criticism, & the Christian Mind Conference, Dordt College, November 2017.

“Family Politics: Negotiating the Family Unit as a Creative Force in Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen and Ben Okri’s The Famished Road,” 2016 Africa Conference, University of Texas.

“Postcolonial Passages: Amitav Ghosh’s Shadow Lines and the Pathways of Memory-Mapping,” English Graduate Student Association Conference, Georgetown University, February 2015.

 “Review of The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma,” CutBank, January 2016.

“Review of Love’s Labors by Brent Newsom,” CutBank, December 2015.

“Still Blood for Forgiveness: A Review of Shann Ray’s Balefire,” Windhover, November 2015.

“Hunger for the Absolute: Review of Frank Bidart’s Metaphysical Dog,” Ruminate, July 2015.


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Phone: 620-278-4460
Email: abrown2@sterling.edu