Pulitzer winner Jericho Brown to keynote Aspen Words Book Ball

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Jericho Brown (Courtesy Aspen Words)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown will be the keynote speaker at Aspen Words’ annual Book Ball benefit June 21, the literary nonprofit announced Thursday.

Brown taught here at Aspen Summer Words 2017 and spoke at the 2020 Winter Words Speaker series before winning the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his 2020 collection “The Tradition.”

His poems have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Buzzfeed, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. His first book, “Please,” won the American Book Award, and his second book, “The New Testament,” won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. He is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Emory University.

The 2022 Book Ball will be hosted in the Hotel Jerome Grand Ballroom during the Summer Words conference with faculty in attendance including authors Lan Samantha Chang, Mark Doty, Terrance Hayes, Fonda Lee, Mary Beth Keane, Robert Kolker, Claribel Ortega, Joanna Rakoff and Natalie Serber. Recently named 2022 Aspen Words Literary Prize winner Dawnie Walton will also be in attendance and is expected to give a free public talk on another day during the festival.

During the gala, the nonprofit will also award longtime supporters Isa Catto and Daniel Shaw — who host the Words’ writer-in-residence program on their Woody Creek property — with the Aspen Words Leadership award. Tables and tickets are available at


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