2023 CONFERENCE Spotlight Readers

Mahogany L. Browne

Mahogany L. Browne, selected as Kennedy Center’s Next 50 and Wesleyan’s 2022-23 Distinguished Writer-in-Residence, the Executive Director of JustMedia, Artistic Director of Urban Word, is a writer, playwright, organizer, and educator. Browne has received fellowships from Arts for Justice, Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research, and Rauschenberg. She is the author of recent works: Vinyl Moon, Chlorine Sky, Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice, Woke Baby, and Black Girl Magic, and she is the founder of the diverse lit initiative Woke Baby Book Fair. Browne’s latest poetry collection, Chrome Valley, is a promissory note to survival, and is available from Norton in spring 2023. Currently, she is anticipating the stage debut, in 2023, of Chlorine Sky, adapted from her novel in verse, at Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, Illinois. Browne is the first-ever poet-in-residence at the Lincoln Center and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Adam Vines

Adam Vines is professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and editor of the Birmingham Poetry Review. He has published poetry in The Southern Review, Poetry, Southwest Review, The Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, The Hopkins Review, Verse Daily, Poetry Daily, and other publications. He is the author of three single-authored books of poetry—Lures (LSU Press, 2022), Out of Speech (LSU, 2018), and The Coal Life (University of Arkansas Press, 2012). He has also co-authored two collaborative poetry collections, written with Allen Jih: Day Kink (Unicorn Press, 2018) and According to Discretion (Unicorn Press, 2015).