MGA Hosts Poets Jeff Newberry and Jericho Brown

Middle Georgia State University’s School of Arts & Letters is hosting poets Jeff Newberry and Jericho Brown at two events that are free and open to the public.

Florida Gulf Coast native Jeff Newberry is an essayist, fiction writer, and poet. He will give a reading, answer audience questions, and sign books beginning at 1 p.m. Monday, October 7, in the Russell Hall auditorium on Middle Georgia State’s Cochran Campus.

Newberry’s most recent book, a collaboration with the poet Justin Evans, is Cross Country, a collection of epistolary poems. He is the author of the novel A Stairway to the Sea (2016), the poetry collection Brackish (2012), and the chapbook A Visible Sign (2008). With fellow Gulf Coast native Brent House, he is the co-editor of the anthology The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast (Snake Nation Press). 

A recipient of a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Newberry served on the faculty of the prestigious Sanibel Island Writers Conference. His writing has appeared in a variety of print and online journals, including The American Journal of Poetry, Connotations, Florida Review, Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art, and Waccamaw: A Journal of Contemporary Literature.

Newberry earned his B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of West Florida in Pensacola and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. He teaches in the Writing and Communication Program at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Ga.

Jericho Brown will read from his works, answer audience questions, and sign books beginning at 1 p.m. Monday, October 21, in the Arts Complex Theater of Middle Georgia State’s Macon Campus.

Brown will read from his newest collection, The Tradition, which questions why and how we have become accustomed to terror — in the bedroom, the classroom, the workplace, and the movie theater.

For his first book, Please (2008), Brown won the American Book Award and for his second, The New Testament (2014), he received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, which recognizes books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and human diversity.

Brown, who grew up in Louisiana, earned his Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans He graduated magna cum laude from Dillard University in New Orleans. He is an associate professor and director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University in Atlanta.

For more information about these two events, contact Dr. Monica Miller at or 478.471.5799. Campus maps and directions are at