J. Scott Brownlee

Brooklyn, NY

Author's Bio

J. Scott Brownlee is a former Writers in the Public Schools Fellow at New York University, where he taught poetry to undergraduates and fifth graders through the Teachers & Writers Collaborative. Involved with several literary journal start-ups, he was the managing editor and co-founder of both Hothouse and The Raleigh Review. A Pushcart Prize nominated poet-of-place, Brownlee writes primarily about the people and landscape of rural Texas and is a founding member of The Localists, a new literary movement that emphasizes place-based writing of personal witness, cultural memory, and the aesthetically marginalized working class. His first full-length collection, Requiem for Used Ignition Cap, was selected by C. Dale Young as the winner of the 2015 Orison Poetry Prize. He is also the author of two prize-winning chapbooks: Highway or Belief, which won the 2013 Button Poetry Prize, and Ascension, which won the 2014 Robert Phillips Poetry Prize. Brownlee currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is at work on a second full-length collection, A Little Bit of Hardly Anything, which includes poems that report on and are informed by life in rural Texas.

Publications and Prizes


(Texas Review Press,
Highway or Belief
(Button Poetry,


Nashville Review
Hayden's Ferry Review
THRUSH Poetry Journal
Boxcar Poetry Review
Pebble Lake Review
Front Porch
Ninth Letter
Beloit Poetry Journal
Greensboro Review
South Dakota Review
Kenyon Review
Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review
The Adroit Journal
Tar River Poetry
Devil's Lake
Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts
REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters
Five [Quarterly]
The Monongahela Review
Town Creek Poetry
Pacifica Literary Review
Pebble Lake Review
Red River Review
Mobius: The Journal of Social Change
Narrative Magazine
West Branch
Drunken Boat
The Pinch
2015 Orison Poetry Prize for Requiem for Used Ignition Cap, selected by C. Dale Young; 2015 Pushcart Prize nomination for "Pasture Ode," which first appeared in Ruminate; Honorable Mention, Ruminate's 2014 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize; Winner, 2014 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize from Texas Review Press; Semifinalist, 2014 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition; Special Mention, 2014 Pushcart Prize XXXVIII Best of the Small Presses Anthology for "Disappearing Town"; 2014 Pushcart Prize nominations for "Disappearing Town," which first appeared in Birdfeast, and "The Middle Distance," which first appeared in BOXCAR Poetry Review; 2013 Button Poetry Prize for Highway or Belief, selected by Rachel McKibbens; Semifinalist, 2013 and 2012 University of Wisconsin Press Brittingham / Pollak Prize; Finalist, 2013 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award; Finalist, Ruminate's 2013 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize; Finalist, Winning Writers' 2011 War Poetry Contest

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Austin, TX
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Llano, TX

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
All the Great Territories by Matthew Wimberley, Neon Vernacular by Yusef Komunyakaa, The Late Wife by Claudia Emerson, I've Been for a Walk by J. Javier Zamora

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Listing last updated: March 18, 2015.