Nathan Brown is an author, singer-songwriter, photographer, and award-winning poet who served as the Poet Laureate of Oklahoma for 2013 and 2014. He lives now in Wimberley, Texas with his wife, Ashley. He taught at the University of Oklahoma for 17 years, but now travels widely, offering readings, house concerts, creativity workshops, and musical performances in an effort to bring back the hint of a smile and the hope for a good story in poems. . . poems unafraid of making sense. . . poems that carry us to better places.
Nathan is an accomplished poet and songwriter who has performed readings and concerts from the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association in Long Island, NY to the Sisters Folk Festival in Oregon, the Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma, and Sultan's Pool just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem in Israel, to name a few. He's taught writing workshops from the famous Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio near Austin to the Everwood Farmstead in Wisconsin, and the Descanso Writers Retreats in Tuscany and Ireland. His performances of poetry have been likened to musical concerts, and, in fact, he now makes a good part of his living from house concerts and live shows that combine songs and poems.
He has published nineteen books:
An Honest Day's Confession
Ashes over the Southwest
Suffer the Little Voices
Nathan also worked as a professional songwriter and musician for decades in and around Oklahoma City, Nashville, and Austin. He has performed in venues such as the Bluebird in Nashville, the Cactus Cafe in Austin, the Mucky Duck in Houston, and the Blue Door in Oklahoma City. . . as well as overseas in Israel and Russia. His most recent album, The Streets of San Miguel, was recorded at Blue Rock Studios just outside of Austin and will be released in the late fall of 2018.
He holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Creative and Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma. And he has taught History of the Arts and Humanities courses for the Liberal Studies Department at the University of Oklahoma, as well as Introduction to Songwriting for Austin Community College, and he served as the Artist in Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma.