July 1, 2010
I live in Frenchtown, NJ.
My first collection of poems, “I Have His Letters Still” – Poetry of Everyday ($11.95) was published in September 2010. It can be ordered on Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/RayBrownAmazon or you can order at autographed copy at http://poet-ray-brown.com/
I am a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey.
Since December of 2008, my poetry has appeared in
The Edison Literary Review; FreeXpresSion; The Blue Collar Review; 13th and 14th Annual Poetry Ink Chapbook, Moonstone Publishing, Philadelphia; The Star-Ledger of Newark; NJ Lawyer Magazine; received a NJ Poetry Society 2009 Recognition Award; PoetsSpeak on-line and will be published in upcoming volumes of the Big Hammer,, the River Poets Journal, the New Jersey Poetry Society Anthology, and The River. Four of my poems, have been featured as Poem of the Day by The New Verse News. (See http://raybrown.wordpress.com/category/ray-brown-poetry-on-line/) My poetry was featured on-line in ”What’s Your Exit? A Literary Detour Through New Jersey” (See http://nj.wordriot.org/2010/03/03/web-exclusive-2-now-available/)
I have been the featured poet at the following readings:
Bill’s Figs, Flemington, NJ.
Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ
Last Thursday Poetry Series – Middletown Library, NJ
Stockton Presbyterian Church
South Mountain Poetry – Millburn Library, NJ
Poetry & Shamrocks, Keyport, NJ
Somerset Poetry Group, Bridgewater Library, NJ
Poetry & Pasta, Keyport, NJ
Harvest Moon Poetry Hour, Helen’s Books and Gifts, Summit, NJ
3 Flights of Poetry, Doylestown, Pa.
Bucks County Creative Arts Celebration, Washington’s Crossing, Pa.
New Jersey Poetry Society Annual Meeting, Mercerville, NJ.
Traveling Poet’s Society, Espresso Joe’s, Keyport, NJ
I am scheduled to read at the Debaun Spoken Word Poetry Series in Hoboken.
December 2, 2008
In 1987, during a personal crisis, I began to write. Since then, from time to time, when the mood struck me I would write on the back of napkins, on reports in a business meeting, on index cards, in a little notebook and then at times with less distractions on a computer. During that time less that 6 people have read a portion of my work. I have always wondered whether other people would enjoy and appreciate them – and whether they were any good.
In December 2008, I first started to share my work with the public through this blog. With advice from many fine New Jersey poets I have attended Open Mic readings and workshops. I have really enjoyed myself and have found that many people enjoy my work.
Please help me in the continuing search to write poetry which appeals to you, by leaving a comment, suggestion or criticism. I hope to retype all the napkin drafts and share a few from time to time. Thank you.
Post Office Box 40
Frenchtown, New Jersey 08825
While I hope you will enjoy and appreciate my works, I reserve my copyright to my words. Thank you.