Carly Brown was Scotland’s National Champion of Slam Poetry in 2013 and placed 4th at the World Series of Slam Poetry in Paris. She’s the author of a poetry pamphlet, Grown Up Poetry Needs to Leave Me Alone and a bestselling children’s picture book, I Love St Andrews. Originally from Austin, Texas, Carly currently lives in Scotland where she is pursuing a PhD at the University of Glasgow and working on her first novel.
Carly Brown (b. 1991) is a writer, spoken word poet and PhD candidate. Originally from Austin, Texas, she moved to Scotland to attend the University of St Andrews, graduating in 2014 with a first-class undergraduate degree in English Literature. During her time at St Andrews, she started competing in poetry slams and went on to win Scotland’s National Poetry Slam and represented Scotland at the World Series of Slam Poetry in Paris, placing 4th in the world.
She has since been a featured poet at dozens of locations around the UK and the US including Glastonbury Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe and StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival. In 2014, she released her debut poetry pamphlet, a collection of performance poems, Grown Up Poetry Needs to Leave Me Alone, which is now in its second edition. Her poetry has been praised as ‘undiluted genius in both content and delivery’ (For Books’ Sake). In 2018, she was shortlisted for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize.
While at St Andrews, she also met award-winning artist Gillian Gamble, who she would eventually collaborate with to create their bestselling picture book, I Love St Andrews, published by Cartographie Press in 2015.
Carly received a Country Scholarship Award from University of Glasgow and graduated from their Creative Writing MLitt with Distinction in 2015. She’s currently a Doctorate of Fine Arts in Creative Writing candidate at the University of Glasgow and working on a historical fiction novel set during the American Revolution. In 2016, she was awarded a Peter Nicholaisen International Fellowship from the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello to conduct research for this novel.
She teaches creative writing to undergraduates at University of Strathclyde and has led writing workshops with Glasgow Women’s Library and The Young Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Carly also served as Assistant Editor for Glasgow Women Poets: An Anthology and is currently co-piloting the Scottish Poetry Library Ambassadors program. Her own poetry, short fiction and essays have been published in numerous places both in print and online.