The Poet of RiNo

Rex Brown teaches, “Pulitzer Prize Winning Poets You Probably Haven’t Read,” starting March 16 at 1 p.m. The coursework includes reading poems in class and reacting to them in a discussion format.

The unofficial mayor of RiNo (that’s what the Academy has dubbed him) is a learned artist, poet and business owner in Denver’s new hot spot, River North (RiNo). Just North of Coors Field, this area is home to a FREE(!) First Friday art walk (including this Friday night), where you can see Rex and wife Sharon’s  gallery Pattern Shop Studio, as they are hosting an exhibit: Mo’Print, Shark’s Ink: Collaborations II, in honor of Denver’s 2016 Month of Printmaking. The address for the gallery is at 3349 Blake Street, and the evening runs from 6-9 p.m.

More about Rex Brown and his Academy course: Rex Brown has a BA in American Literature from Middlebury College, a Masters in American and British Literature from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D in Modern Letters from the University of Iowa.  He is the author of Schools of Thought: how the politics of literacy shape thinking in the classroom; It’s Your Fault, an insider’s guide to learning and teaching in city schools; and scores of reports and articles about teaching reading, writing, art, and critical thinking. He has taught at the University of Iowa, Heidelberg College and the University of Denver, from which he retired in 2010.  He has a lifelong interest in literature, philosophy, art, and their intersections in our culture and our everyday lives.

In 2016, the Pulitzer Prize Board will celebrate its 100th year of honoring outstanding American writers. Many of the poets who have received Pulitzer Prizes have become world famous—Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg and Mary Oliver. But many more are not household names despite their power to move and inspire readers. Participants in this course will read and discuss the work of some of these richly rewarding but perhaps lesser known poets. The poems and some of the poets’ thoughts about their prose will be available on the Academy’s course materials site. You will read a few each day and share your reactions in a facilitated conversation each week.

Rexford Brown (top left) and RiNo Art District Board members. Photo by Michael Ensminger