Donald (Field) Brown is a PhD student at Harvard University. He graduated from Mississippi State (B.A., 2014) with degrees in English and Philosophy, and went to get a masters from the University of Oxford (2016) as a Rhodes Scholar. His research considers how the history of contemporary African American literature has been shaped by the Cold War. His publications include reviews and scholarly essays; scholarship on Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Ta-Nehisi Coates; and nonfiction essays on Mississippi politics, the state of public libraries, and the American expatriate experience in Paris. The first poem Field memorized was “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost–and he can still quote it from memory to this day! Field loves teaching poetry and is looking forward to working with you all this semester.
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