Walking the Dog’s Shadow rose to the top of nearly 800 submissions to win the 9th annual A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. Tony Hoagland, who served as final judge for the contest, writes, “Deborah Brown's poems remind me a little of the great Polish poet, Wislawa Szymborska. They both make thinking look easy…Brown's poems aren't just about a eureka moment; they taste of the whole journey. Walking the Dog's Shadow is a beautiful book, wise and sure of itself, fresh with wit and gravity, serious and true.”
Deborah Brown is an editor, with Maxine Kumin and Annie Finch, of Lofty Dogmas: Poets on Poetics (Univ. of Arkansas Press, 2005) and a translator, with Richard Jackson and Susan Thomas, of The Last Voyage: Selected Poems of Giovanni Pascoli (Red Hen Press, 2010). Her poems have appeared in Margie, Rattle, The Alaska Quarterly, Stand, the Mississippi Review and others. Brown teaches literature and writing at the University of New Hampshire-Manchester where she won an award for Excellence in Teaching. She lives on a former dairy farm in Warner, New Hampshire, with her husband, George Brown, and four cats.