Bio

I’m Dr. Carly Brown, an author, poet and teacher based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

I grew up in Austin, Texas, and moved to Scotland to study English at the University of St Andrews. While still an undergraduate, I won Scotland’s National Poetry Slam (2013). I then went on to represent Scotland at the World Series of Slam Poetry in Paris (Yes, that’s a thing! Imagine Eurovision, but with slightly fewer wacky outfits). There, I ranked 4th in the world. I’ve since performed at dozens of festivals and events including Glastonbury Festival, StAnza Poetry Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. All of my work is infused with warmth and humor and underpinned by the belief that comedy can be a tool for communicating surprising truths and inspiring change.
 
At St Andrews, I met artist Gillian Gamble and collaborated with her to create our bestselling children’s picture book, I Love St Andrews, which explores the quirky history and colorful traditions of the town. I also met Lydia Cruz, who I worked with on the visual design of my debut poetry pamphlet: Grown Up Poetry Needs to Leave Me Alone, featuring poems about childhood, break-ups, Santa Claus, and who (and what) we choose to believe in. 
 
I then moved to Glasgow for my MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, supported by a Country Scholarship Award, and stayed on to pursue my Doctorate of Fine Art. My doctoral project explored how creative writers access the 18th century past.
 
My second poetry pamphlet, Anastasia, Look in the Mirror, was released in 2020 and examines relationships and desire from a range of historical and modern perspectives. Poems from this pamphlet have appeared in The Scotsman and The Glasgow Review of Books and been shortlisted in the Jane Martin Poetry Prize (2018). Anastasia was also commended in Scotland’s National Book Awards 2021 for the Callum MacDonald Memorial Award.
 
I’m currently working on several writing projects, including a debut full-length poetry collection about cosmic wormholes. In my spare time, I listen to too many podcasts, volunteer as a tour guide at an 18th century townhouse, and daydream about forgotten pasts and possible futures. 
 
 
Performing at The Loud Poets Fringe Show, 2019. Photo by Perry Jonsson.

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