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Mahogany L. Browne

Writer, organizer, vocalist, performance poet, and educator Mahogany L. Browne is an author of poetry and fiction. Her YA poetry book Black Girl Magic celebrates a Black girlhood that is “free, unforgettable, and luminous,” while her children’s book, Woke Baby, is for all the littlest progressives who grow up to change the world. Her most recent books include the YA titles Vinyl Moon and Chlorine Sky. Her poetry collections are Chrome Valley, I Remember Death by Its Proximity to What I Love, Kissing Caskets, and the NAACP-nominated chapbook Redbone.

Browne has co-edited the anthology The Breakbeat Poets, Vol. 3: Black Girl Magic, which Dazed magazine declared “one of the most important volumes of poetry in recent years.” She is also the author of the YA anthology WOKE: A Young Poets Guide to Justice, co-edited with Elizabeth Acevedo and Olivia Gatwood.

Born in Oakland, California, Browne dropped out of high school after being told not to write poetry during an English honors class. Using her personal experiences with addiction, racism, sexism, and oppression to inspire her own brand of shameless authentic work, Browne’s spoken word performances create a platform for women and girls to feel empowered and heard.

She has an MFA in writing and activism from Pratt Institute, where she founded the Women Writers of Color Reading Room and became the director of the Black Lives Matter program. Browne is a founder of the socially active literary collective #BlackPoetsSpeakOut, created out of urgency and as a response to the non-indictment of Mike Brown’s murderer.

Mahogany L. Browne is the current poetry coordinator at St. Francis College’s MFA Program. She is the founder of Woke Baby Book Fair, a traveling diverse reading campaign, and is the first-ever poet-in-residence at the Lincoln Center. Browne lives in Brooklyn, NY.