Fleda Brown

On Tuesday, August 20th at 6pm, join us for a wine and cheese reception with Fleda Brown for her latest book, Growing Old in Poetry. This is a free event though reservations are requested. To RSVP please call us at 231.347.1180, email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com or through Facebook or Eventbrite. 

Sydney Lea and Fleda Brown, past poets laureate of their respective states and both nationally recognized writers who’ve given their lives to their art, have conspired to write an unusual book of essays. They’ve picked a wide variety of topics and headed out as they wished with each, covering a lot of territory, both artistic and memoiristic. Some of the pieces, like “Wild Animals,” are downright silly; some, like “Sex,” “Music,” and “Food,” are provocative; some, like “Clothes,” “Sports,” and “Houses,” appear ordinary but are ultimately revealing. The final essay offers, from each, a personal look at how a poet lives and writes in this troubling time. The excitement of this collection is in the details—how lives are lived and poems written over time, and at last, an entire body of work as witness. 

Fleda Brown is professor emerita at the University of Delaware and is a faculty member of the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She served as Delaware’s poet laureate from 2001 to 2007 and is the author of nine poetry books, including The Devil’s Child and Fishing With Blood, and two memoirs, including Driving with Dvořák (Nebraska, 2010). Her work has twice appeared in The Best American Poetry and has won numerous awards, including a Pushcart Prize and the Felix Pollak Prize

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Growing Old in Poetry Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780999499559
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Published: Green Writers Press - July 27th, 2018

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My Wobbly Bicycle: Meditations on Cancer and the Creative Life Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781943995172
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Published: Mission Point Press - September 30th, 2016

In this book full of pain and joy and raw honesty, Fleda Brown, poet and former poet laureate of Delaware, gives us a real-time account of her cancer diagnosis, chemo and radiation, from the doctor's phone call to the one-year, all-clear pronouncement.


The Woods Are On Fire: New and Selected Poems (Ted Kooser Contemporary Poetry) Cover Image
By Fleda Brown, Ted Kooser (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780803294943
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - March 2017

The Woods Are On Fire is Fleda Brown’s deeply human and intensely felt poetic explorations of her life and world. Her account includes her brain-damaged brother, a rickety family cottage, a puzzling and sometimes frightening father, a timid mother, and the adult life that follows with its loves, divorces, and serious illnesses.


No Need of Sympathy (American Poets Continuum) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781938160189
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Published: BOA Editions - October 2013

Any one poem in Fleda Brown's eighth collection may touch on contemporary science, physics, family, politics, the nature of poetry, and the nature of reality. There are sonnets for all ten grandchildren written by a grandmother, poems about the Big Bang, about child labor, the moon over Paris, and tent caterpillars, all written with humility, humor, curiosity, and a deep love of life.


Driving with Dvorak: Essays on Memory and Identity (American Lives ) Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780803224766
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - March 2010

All our lives are made of moments, both simple and sublime, all of which in some way partake of the cultural moment. Fleda Brown is that rare writer who, in narrating the incidents and observations of her life, turns her story, by wit and insight and a poet’s gift, into something more. This is an unconventional memoir.


 

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