Jericho Brown grew up in Louisiana and worked as a speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before earning his PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. He is the author of three collections of poetry: The Tradition (2019), The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), and Please (New Issues, 2008). Brown is the recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, among others. He was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and the Hurston Wright Poetry Prize. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University in Atlanta.