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Pam Brown (1948 – )

Pam Brown, 2004, photographer unknown Pam Brown, 2004, photographer unknown

Pam Brown was born in Seymour, Victoria in 1948, and grew up on military bases in Toowoomba and Brisbane, completing her secondary schooling at Michelton State High School in the north-western suburbs of Brisbane. She has earned a living variously as a librarian, nurse, publisher’s assistant, postal worker, artworker and a teacher of writing, multi-media studies and film-making. Since 1968 she has lived mostly in Sydney.

She has published more than twenty books of poetry and prose, including Dear Deliria: New and Selected Poems, which won the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry in 2004. From 1997 to 2002 Brown was the poetry editor for Overland, and in 2004 she became associate editor of Jacket magazine. She is peer reviewer for two online journals, Polari (http://www.polarijournal.com/), and Rubric (http://rubric.org.au/), a contributing editor to the U.S.-based annual of poetry and poetics Fulcrum and an editorial advisor to the online journal How2

Poetry Collections
  • Sureblock (Melbourne, Vic: P. Woolley, 1972).
  • Cocabola’s Funny Picture Book (Glebe, NSW: Tomato Press, 1974).
  • Automatic Sad (Glebe, NSW: Tomato Press, 1974).
  • Cafe Sport (Sydney: Sea Cruise Books, 1979).
  • [with Joanne Burns], Correspondences (North Sydney: Red Press, 1979).
  • Country & Eastern: A Featurette (Sydney: Never-Never Press, 1980).
  • Small Blue View (Adelaide: Magic Sam/Experimental Art Foundation, 1982).
  • Selected Poems 1971–1982 (Glebe: Wild and Woolley, 1984).
  • Keep It Quiet (Glebe, NSW: Wild and Woolley, 1984).
  • New and Selected Poems (Glebe, NSW: Wild and Woolley, 1990).
  • This World/This Place (St Lucia, NSW: University of Queensland Press, 1994).
  • Little Droppings (Sydney: Never-Never Press, 1994).
  • 50-50 (Adelaide: South Australian Publishing Ventures, 1997).
  • My Lightweight Intentions (Cambridge, UK: Folio/Salt, 1999 and Sydney, NSW: Never-Never Books, 2006).
  • Drifting Topoi (Sydney: Vagabond Press, 2000).
  • Eleven 747 Poems (Bray, Ireland: Wild Honey Press, 2002).
  • Dear Deliria: New and Selected Poems (Applecross, WA: Salt Publishing, 2002).
  • Text Thing (Adelaide: Little Esther Books, 2002).
  • Let’s Get Lost [with Ken Bolton and Laurie Duggan] (Sydney: Vagabond Press, 2005).
  • Peel Me a Zibibbo (Five Poems for Friends) (Rose Bay, NSW: Never-Never Press, 2006).
  • farout_library-software [with Maged Zaher] (Kane'ohe, Hawai'i: Tinfish Press, 2007).
  • True Thoughts (Cambridge, UK: Salt Publishing, 2008).
  • Authentic local (Chiang Mai, Thailand/Brisbane, Qld: soi 3 Modern Poetry/Papertiger Media, 2010)
Suggested Further Reading
  • Pam Brown, ‘Olympic City Tics,’ Southerly 59.3-4 (1999): pp. 203–04.
  • Pam Brown, ‘Petersham Days,’ in Ken Bolton, ed., Homage to John Forbes (Rose Bay, NSW: Brandl and Schlesinger, 2002), pp. 81–85.
  • Jenny Digby, ‘An Ant in the Artpit of Society,’ A Woman’s Voice: Conversations with Australian Poets (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1996), pp. 174–89.
  • John Kinsella, ‘Pam Brown in Conversation with John Kinsella,’ Jacket 22 (May 2003), online, http://jacketmagazine.com/22/brown-kinsel.html
  • David McCooey, ‘Out There,’ Australian Book Review (June-July 2003), pp. 55–56.
  • Lyn McCredden, ‘ “untranscended / life itself”: The Poetry of Pam Brown,’ Australian Literary Studies 22.2 (2005): pp. 217–28.
  • Rosemary Sorensen, ‘Sly Poetry,’ Australian Book Review no.159 (1994), pp. 45–46.
  • Tim Wright, ‘Drinking Water in a Suburb called Zetland: Notes on Memory and the City in some Poems by Pam Brown’, Mascara Literary Review no.7 (2010) http://mascarareview.com/article/208/Tim_Wright_Reviews_Pam_Brown%27s__True_Thoughts_/
  • Blog: http://thedeletions.blogspot.com/
  • Website: http://pambrownbooks.blogspot.com/

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