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Poet Jericho Brown worked as a speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before he received his PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. He has an MFA from the University of New Orleans and a BA from Dillard University. He was the recipient of a Whiting Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. While teaching as the Director of the Cropper Center for Creative Writing at the University of San Diego, his first book, Please, won the American Book Award. Brown's second book, The New Testament, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. Brown was awarded both the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award and the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America for his poems "Ganymede" and "As a Human Being." He was also awarded a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship. Most recently, he published his third book, The Tradition. Brown is currently the director of Emory University's Creative Writing Program.