One of the most gifted and lyrical poets of his generation, Jericho Brown is the author of Please, The New Testament, and The Tradition, which will be newly released at this reading. His poems brim over with a transformative power rooted in both sensuality and the spirit. Claudia Rankine says “To read Jericho Brown’s poems is to encounter devastating genius.” Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award and has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. He directs the Creative Writing Program at Emory University, and he is WSU’s 2019 Distinguished Visiting Poet. Writing Now/Reading Now is cosponsored by the WSU Department of English, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Watermark Books & Cafe´, and the Ulrich Museum of Art.