VOICES Reading Series welcomes Brian Gilmore.
Brian Gilmore is a poet, writer, public interest attorney, and columnist with the Progressive Media Project. He is a Cave Canem Fellow (1997), Kimbilio Fellow (2014), Literature Fellow for the D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities (1997), Pushcart Prize nominee (2007 and 2014), and winner of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award (2001 and 2003). He is the author of three collections of poetry: “elvis presley is alive and well and living in harlem,” “Jungle Nights and Soda Fountain Rags: Poem for Duke Ellington” and his latest, “We Didn’t Know Any Gangsters,” a 2015 nominee for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for Poetry. The book was also a 2014 nominee for an NAACP Image Award for Poetry. His poems and writings are widely published and have appeared in The Progressive, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and many other publications. He teaches law at the Michigan State University College of Law, where he lectures and writes on contemporary issues relating to housing and economic inequality, dividing his time between Michigan and his birthplace, Washington, D.C.