The Oklahoma Humanities Council announced that Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed musician, photographer and award-winning poet Nathan Brown as Oklahoma Poet Laureate for 2013 through 2014.
Brown, 47, of Norman, has published eight books, most recently “Karma Crisis: New and Selected Poems” (2012). His book, “Two Tables Over,” won the prestigious 2009 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry, given by Oklahoma Center for the Book.
The humanities council facilitates the poet laureate selection committee, which reviews statewide nominations on behalf of the governor and coordinates the activities and appearances of the poet laureate throughout his or her term.
“Poetry enriches our lives by providing thoughtful and meaningful insights into our world. The work of Nathan Brown, our newest state Poet Laureate, is no exception. I know he'll do a great job encouraging the reading and appreciation of poetry in Oklahoma and continue to draw a wider audience into this important field of artistic expression,” said Gov. Mary Fallin in a news release.
Upon learning of his appointment, Brown said, “It is an honor. I am excited as well about this opportunity to represent both Oklahoma and the cause of poetry for the next two years,” a news release from the humanities council noted.
He also noted that poetry is experiencing a “powerful renaissance” in the United States with stories and lyrics that reach listeners. He hopes as poet laureate he will be introduced to and reconnect with other state artists.
“Not enough people realize what a leading force Oklahoma poets are in this overall movement,” he said. “We have a vibrant poetry community here.”
For examples of Brown's poetry or to request his appearance at poetry readings and community events, go online to www.okhumanities.org.