Steven Ford Brown : biography
Steven Ford Brown (born September 11, 1952) is an American journalist, music critic, publisher and translator in Boston, Massachusetts. Brown grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After moving to Boston he worked for several local universities. For almost a decade he worked in the European Equities Department of a private investment firm in Boston's Financial District. He resigned his position in January 2006 to travel and live in Europe and pursue a career as a music critic and journalist. In September 2011, he founded The Official Tomas Tranströmer Website and currently serves as the Managing Director.
Of French and Scottish descent, Steven Ford Brown was born in Florence, Alabama, to Ford Brown (a Marine veteran of World War II and a sales executive) and Gloria Peters (a housewife). The family eventually moved to Birmingham and he grew up in a suburb of the city. While attending Huffman High School he became interested in the poetry and music of Leonard Cohen and the poetry of Richard Brautigan, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and other members of the Beat Generation. During this time he was also influenced by the 1960s music of the San Francisco scene and the British Invasion bands. After high school he attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Houston.
- (2007) Microgramas, Jorge Carrera Andrade (as translator), Orogenia Corporacion Cultural: Quito, Ecuador (poetry)
- (2014) Boston Stories, The Lion Publishing Group (fiction)
- (2013) Brautiganesque: Growing Flowers By Moonlight, Lorca House Publishers (poetry)
- (2013) Amazonia, prose poems by Juan Carlos Galeano (as translator), Lorca House Publishers (poetry)
- (2011) Microgramas, Jorge Carrera Andrade (as translator) with artwork by Sandra C. Fernandez, Austin, Texas
- (2003) One More River To Cross: The Selected Poems of John Beecher, preface by Studs Terkel (as editor), New South Books (poetry)
- (2002) Century of The Death of The Rose: The Selected Poems of Jorge Carrera Andrade (as translator), New South Books (poetry)
- (2002) Edible Amazonia: Twenty Poems From God's Amazonian Recipe Book, Nicomedes Suarez Arauz (as translator), Bitter Oleander Press (poetry)
- (2001) Invited Guest: An Anthology of Twentieth Century Southern Poetry (as co-editor with David Rigsbee), University of Virginia Press (literary criticism, poetry)
- (1993) Astonishing World: The Selected Poems of Ángel González, 1956-1986 (as translator), Milkweed Editions (poetry)
- (1988) Heart's Invention: On the Poetry of Vassar Miller, introduction by Larry McMurtry (as editor), Ford-Brown & Co., Publishers (literary criticism, poetry)
- (1988) Contemporary Literature in Birmingham: An Anthology (as editor), Birmingham Public Library/Thunder City Press (fiction and poetry)
In 2004 Brown became active with the website Foetry.com, a movement started by Alan Cordle that criticized the incestuousness of American MFA literary programs and corruption in literary contests, particularly at the University of Georgia Contemporary Poetry Series, University of Iowa fiction and poetry contests and the University of North Texas Vassar Miller Prize contest. His efforts were primarily centered at the University of Iowa Press Poetry and Fiction Prize contests and the University of North Texas Vassar Miller Poetry Prize. He also provided background interviews for major articles on Alan Cordle and the Foetry.com movement that appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Los Angeles Times. In 2005 an interview of Brown, “Foetry.com And What Academia Doesn't Want You to Know About the Creative Writing Industry,” appeared in VOX, an experimental literary journal based in Oxford, Mississippi, and was later reprinted in Left Curve, a literary journal based in San Francisco.
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