In November, I had the great pleasure of writing a story about Derrick Weston Brown, a Washington, D.C.-based poet, for emPower Magazine. The article appears in a series called “Creative Sessions,” during which I interview artists of all types about their inspirations, influences and creative process.
I had a great time talking with Brown about his first published book Wisdom Teeth. Here’s an excerpt:
Recently, Brown added author to his resume, with the release of his first published poetry collection Wisdom Teeth, on Busboys and Poets Press, an imprint of PM Press, last year. His collection, which Brown describes as an exploration of change and growth, covers issues of race, masculinity and relationships in unexpected, sometimes harrowing ways. At its most intense, Wisdom Teeth displays Brown’s ability to place himself within the most difficult of emotional circumstances in order to reflect the voice of those characters whom he tries to understand. Those who know Brown best describes him as an observer and witness bearer.
Check out the full story “The Poet Bears Witness: A Creative Session with Derrick Weston Brown” and don’t forget to leave a comment on emPower Magazine’s website and let me know what you think!