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 Literature at the University of St Andrews. While still an undergraduate, I won Scotland’s National Poetry Slam. 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. My poetry is lively and witty, tackling complex issues around history, relationships and feminism – all with a light touch (and the occasional silly voice).
 
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. I was granted a Residential Fellowship at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to conduct research in Virginia and completed my PhD in 2018.
 
My second poetry pamphlet, Anastasia, Look in the Mirror, is an exploration of sex and desire in the past and present and was released in 2020 from Stewed Rhubarb Press.
 
I’m currently working on a historical novel set during the Revolutionary War. My novel manuscript was long-listed for the 2019 Mslexia Novel Award. In my spare time, I listen to too many podcasts, watch Star Trek, and volunteer as a tour guide/historical re-enactor at The Georgian House.
 
Performing at The Loud Poets Fringe Show, 2019. Photo by Perry Jonsson.

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