Dillard University celebrates the appointment of alumnus Jericho Brown as one of the newly named chancellors to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets at Emory University. Brown joins fellow poets Diane Seuss and Afaa Michael Weaver, expanding the 15-member board that includes esteemed poets such as Natalie Diaz, Nikky Finney, and Joy Harjo.
In his role, Brown will serve a six-year term as an artistic advisor and poetry ambassador, contributing to the judging of the Academy’s prestigious legacy prizes. Tess O’Dwyer, chair of the Academy’s Board of Directors, highlighted the significance of the chancellors’ collective wisdom, noting the diverse range of voices they bring to the Academy.
Brown’s literary career is marked by significant achievements, including his 2019 Pulitzer-Prize-winning collection “The Tradition,” which introduced the “duplex” poetic form. His debut, “Please,” won the 2009 American Book Award, and his second book, “The New Testament,” received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.
A recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from several notable organizations, Brown’s contributions to poetry extend nationally and internationally. His appointment reflects Dillard University’s commitment to cultivating leaders and thinkers who ethically, precisely, and courageously impact society. Brown’s success as an author and educator embodies the potential and excellence of Dillard University’s alumni.