He moved to Aspen, Colorado, in 1970. In 1976 he founded the Aspen Writers’ Conference, which became the Aspen Writers' Foundation, and Writers’ Conferences and Centers (WC&C). He also taught poetry workshops at Sarah Lawrence College and Georgia Tech.
He edited the highly regarded journal, Aspen Anthology, plus numerous poetry anthologies, including: Drive, They Said: Poems about Americans and their cars (1994); Night Out: Poems about hotels, motels, restaurants and bars (1997), with Laure-Anne Bosselaar; Verse and Universe: Poems about ccience and mathematics (1998); The Measured Word: On poetry and xcience (2001); Blues for Bill (2005), an anthology of poems for William Matthews; Conversation Pieces: Poems that talk to other poems (2007), co-edited with Harold Schechter; and Killer Verse: Poems about murder and mayhem (2010), also with co-edited with Schechter. Brown died in 2013. in his sleep after suffering complications from colon surgery in Santa Barbara.
Brown's wife, Laure-Anne Bosselaar Brown, and Lee Hope, (editor-in-chief of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices), sponsor the Kurt Brown Fellowship for Diverse Voices offered by the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College, which awards an annual 1st-semester fellowship of $1,500 to a writer accepted by the program.
- The Lance and Rita Poems (with Virginia Slachman). Columbia, MO: Soundpost Press, 1994.
- Facing the Lion. Boston: Beacon Press, 1996.
- Return of the Prodigals. Marshfield, MA: Four Way Books, 1999.
- Mammal News. Johnstown, OH: Pudding House, 2001.
- More Things in Heaven and Earth. New York: Four Way Books, 2002.
- Fables from the Ark: Poems. Cincinnati, OH: WordTech, 2004.
- Future Ship. Los Angeles: Red Hen Press, 2007.
- No Other Paradise: Poems. Pasadena, CA: Red Hen Press, 2010.
- Earthly Beauty. Berlin: Gmünder, 2011.
- Time-Bound: Poems. Rochester, NY: Tiger Bark Press, 2012.
- A Thousand Kim. 2013.
- I’ve Come This Far to Say Hello: Poems selected and new (edited by Stephen Dunn). Rochester, NY: Tiger Bark Press, 2014.
- Writing it Down for James. Boston: Beacon Press, 1995.
- Lost Sheep: Aspen’s counterculture in the 1970s; a memoir. Denver, CO : Conundrum Press, 2012.
- Herman de Coninck, The Plural of Happiness: Selected poems (translated with Laure-Anne Bosselaar). Oberlin, OH: Oberlin College Press, 2006.
- Drive, They Said: Poems about Americans and their cars. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed, 1994.
- Night Out: Poems about hotels, motels, restaurants and bars (edited with Laure-Anne Bosselaar), Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed, 1997.
- Verse and Universe: Poems about ccience and mathematics. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 1998
- The Measured Word: On poetry and xcience (edited with Albert Goldbarth). Athens, GA, & London: University of Georgia Press, 2001.
- Blues for Bill: A tribute to William Matthews. Akron, OH: University of Akron Press (Akron Poetry Series), 2005.
- Conversation Pieces: Poems that talk to other poems (edited with Harold Schechter). New York: Knopf, 2007.
- Killer Verse: Poems about murder and mayhem (edited with Harold Schechter). New York: Knopf, 2010.
Audio / videoEdit
- Kurt Brown (DVD). Salt Lake City, UT: Action West Video Productions, 2009.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Kurt Brown 1944-2013, Poetry Foundation. Web, Dec. 30, 2018.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Andrew Travers, "Kurt Brown, Aspen Writers’ Conference founder, dies at 69," Aspen Daily News, June 21, 2013. Web, Dec. 30, 2018.
- ↑ Writers in all Genres Eligible for the 2017 Kurt Brown Fellowship for Diverse Voices, Pine Manor College, February 2017. Web, Dec. 30, 2018.
- ↑ Blues for Bill, Amazon.com. Web, Dec. 30, 2018.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Search results = au:Kurt Brown, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Dec. 30, 2018.
- Audio / video
- Kurt Brown at Amazon.com
- "Kurt Brown, Aspen Writers’ Conference founder, dies at 69," Aspen Daily News, 2013
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