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Steven Ford Brown currently lives in Barcelona, Spain. His literary work includes essays, music criticism, including interviews with notable authors and musicians, poetry, political commentary, and translations from the Spanish language of writers from Latin American and Spain.
He is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Official Tomas Tranströmer Website, the 2011 Nobel Prize Laureate for Literature from Sweden. He has published anthologies of contemporary poetry, as well as book translations from the Spanish of writers from Bolivia, Ecuador, The Canary Islands, and Spain.
Of French and Scottish descent, Steven Ford Brown is an American writer born in Florence, Alabama. He moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1988. He completed his B. A degree in English and Literature at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and also studied at the University of Houston, and Harvard University’s Extension School.
Brown worked at Harvard University, and for a decade in administration in the European Equities Banking Department of a private investment firm in Boston’s Financial District, and The Human Tights Commission in the Boston area. In 2006 he resigned to work as an editor and writer in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Barcelona, Spain, London, UK, and Stockholm, Sweden.
He is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Lion Publishing Group, LLP, a non-profit media company. The primary global presence of the Company consists of two websites dedicated to the remarkable lives and literary books of internationally recognized writers. The first two Official Websites are of Nobel Laureate poet Tomas Tranströmer of Sweden, and poet Jorge Carrerra Andrade of Ecuador.
Brown’s literary body of work includes translations from the Spanish of poets Nicomedes Suárez Araúz (Santa Ana De Yacuma, El Beni, Bolivia), Jorge Carrera Andrade (Quito, Ecuador), Ana Maria Fagundo (The Canary Islands, Spain), and Ángel González (Oviedo, Spain). He edited two special issues of the Atlanta Review: After Paz and Neruda: New Poets of Latin America (2003), and 16 Modern Poets of Spain from Basque Country, Castile, Catalonia, and Galicia (2004).
He has also contributed essays, interviews, poetry, and translations to The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard Review, Poetry, Rolling Stone, and Jacket Literary Magazine (Australia). His translations of Jorge Carrera Andrade were featured on the United Kingdom’s BBC Radio 3 The Verb, a weekly show devoted to literary matters. Invited Guest: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Southern Poetry (University of Virginia Press 2002) was named as one of The Best Books of The Year from a University Press by the American Library Association and the American Association of University Professors, and was featured on C-Span’s Book Notes TV program.
Awards & Fellowships
Swedish Writers Union Residency, Stockholm, Sweden, 2007.
Ministerio de Cultura Translation Grant for Astonishing World: The Selected Poems of Ángel González, 1956-1986, Madrid, Spain, 1992.
National Endowment for the Arts Publishing Grant, Washington, DC, 1981, 1983, 1991.
Texas Commission for the Arts Literary Publishing Grant, Austin, TX, 1988.
inn-Henley Charitable Trust, Birmingham, AL, Publication Grant with Birmingham Public Library 1983.
Internationally Published Books
Ecuadorian Man Under The Eiffel Tower, by Jorge Carrera Andrade, Translated by Steven Ford Brown, Éditeur de Petits Livres: Paris, France, 2022
Microgramas by Jorge Carrera Andrade, Edited and Translated by Steven Ford Brown, Introduction by Jorge Carrera Andrade, Preface by J. Enrique Ojeda, Orogenia Corporacion Cultural: Quito, Ecuador, 2007
United States Published Books
One More River To Cross: The Selected Poems of John Beecher, Edited and Introduction by Steven Ford Brown, Preface by Studs Terkel, NewSouth Books Montgomery: AL, 2003
18 Contemporary Poets from Spain: Basque Country, Castilian Spain, Catalonia, Galicia, Edited and Introduction by Steven Ford Brown, The Atlanta Review Special Edition: Atlanta Review Press: Atlanta, GA, 2003
Century Of The Death of The Rose: The Selected Poems Of Jorge Carrera Andrade, 1926 – 1976, Edited, Introduction, and Translated by Steven Ford Brown, NewSouth Books: Montgomery, AL, 2002
Edible Amazonia: Twenty One Poems From God’s Amazonian Recipe Book, Nicomedes Suarez-Arauz, Translated by Steven Ford Brown, Introduction by Nicomedes Suarez-Arauz, Preface by Marjorie Agosin, Bitter Oleander Press: Fayetteville, NY, 2002
After Neruda, After Paz: 16 New South American Poets, Edited and Introduction by Steven Ford Brown, The Atlanta Review Special Edition: Atlanta Review Press: Atlanta, GA, 2002
Invited Guest: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Southern Poetry, as Co-Editor with David Rigsbee, University of Virginia Press: Charlottesville, VA, 2001
Astonishing World: The Selected Poems of Ángel González, 1956-1986, Edited and Translated by Steven Ford Brown, Milkweed Editions: Minneapolis, MN, 1993
Heart’s Invention: On The Poetry of Vassar Miller, as Editor, Introduction by Larry McMurtry, Ford-Brown & Company Publishers: Houston, TX, 1988
Contemporary Literature In Birmingham: Fiction and Poetry, The Birmingham Public Library/ Thunder City Press:Birmingham, AL 1983
Official Lion Publishing Group LLP Websites
Memoir, Interviews, & Public Remarks
Recuerdos de Jorge Carrera Andrade (Jorge Carrera Andrade Readings In America Broadsheets Exhibit), San Francisco, May 15, 2005