Cory Brown has published three previous collections of poems. His last two are from Water Street Press, his first from Swallow’s Tale Press published in 1989 upon winning that press’s national manuscript contest. What May Be Lost is his first book of prose poems. Since 1990 he’s been teaching creative writing, literary theory, and intellectual history in the Writing Department at Ithaca College. He grew up raising cattle in western Oklahoma, studied English and Philosophy at Oklahoma State University, graduating in 1979. He took an M.F.A. from Cornell University in ’82, taught creative writing there for three years, and then for two years taught world literature and technical and professional writing at RPI, in Troy, New York. He also writes essays—his most recent personal essay, on the subject of his sister’s death, will appear this fall in Southern Loop Review–it was a top three finalist in Missouri Review‘s 2013 essay contest. He has published three other essays, two scholarly and one meditative and humorous, found on his Ithaca College website: http://faculty.ithaca.edu/cbrown/.
Cory Brown’s last two collections of poems, Poems 1986-1998 and A Million Bells (2005) are from Water Street Press, his first book from Swallow Tale’s Press published upon winning their national manuscript contest. He grew up raising cattle in western Oklahoma, took an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Cornell University in 1984, and now teaches creative writing at Ithaca College.