Poet and critic Joel Brouwer was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1968. He holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and Syracuse University. He is the author of Exactly What Happened (Purdue University Press, 1999), which received the Larry Levis Prize from Virginia Commonwealth University, Centuries (Four Way  Books, 2003), a National Book Critics Circle “Notable Book,” and And So (Four Way Books, 2009). He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in AGNI, Boston Review, Chelsea, Crazyhorse, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Iowa Review, Massachusetts Review, McSweeney’s, New England Review, The New York Times Book Review, Paris Review, Parnassus, Ploughshares, Poetry, The Progressive, Tin House, Washington Post Book World, and other publications. He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and teaches at the University of Alabama.


And So (Four Way Books, 2009)

Centuries (Four Way Books, 2003)

Exactly What Happened (Purdue University Press, 1999)

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The Poetry Foundation

The University of Alabama


And finally,

A Poem I Wrote That I Still Like