Jericho Brown's first book, Please, won the American Book Award and was a finalist for the Lambda Award, his latest book is The New Testament (Copper Canyon Press). Dr. Brown received the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in several journals and anthologies, including The American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Oxford American, The Best American Poetry and Nikki Giovanni’s 100 Best African American Poems. Now an assistant professor of English at Emory University, Atlanta, Brown previously taught at the University of San Diego and was a speechwriter for the mayor of New Orleans. He received an M.F.A. from the University of New Orleans and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston.