Brown's New Collection of Poetry: "In Some Households the King is Soul"

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“Playful yet thoughtful,” Eastern Kentucky University’s Harry Brown “tells us the truth about things.”

That’s how fellow writer Gwyn Rubio describes Brown’s latest volume of poetry, entitled “In Some Households the King is Soul.”

The new collection, from Wind Publications, “offers sharp, quick-witted epigrams and also sumptuously dressed, minutely observed poems about aspects of nature that other poets studiously avoid,” said North Carolina Poet Laureate Fred Chappell.

Brown, a Foundation Professor of English who has lived for some 30 years on a farm in the Paint Lick area, joined the EKU faculty in 1970 and still teaches part time at the University’s Corbin and Danville campuses. In addition to teaching creative writing and American literature, he has co-directed seminars funded by the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, directed the Summer Creative Writing Conference, and served as poetry editor for Scripsit and The Chaffin Journal.

In 1994, Brown was the first recipient of the Mary Anderson Senior Fellowship at the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, and has been a Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In 2007, he received a Kentucky Arts Council Professional Assistance Award for “continued professional development” in poetry writing.

His poem “Felt Along the Blood – A Triptych” won Kentucky Poetry Review’s Blaine R. Hall Award; and, in 2002 Green’s Magazine awarded his poem “In Deed and Truth” the Warren Keith Wright Prize.

The book, Brown’s sixth collection of poetry, is available in major area bookstores, major online booksellers, and through Wind Publications (

Published on April 13, 2011

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