Mahogany L. Browne was born in Oakland, California. She received an MFA in writing and activism from the Pratt Institute.
She is the author of several poetry collections and chapbooks, including Kissing Caskets (YesYes Books, 2017), Smudge (Button Poetry, 2016), Redbone (Aquarius Press, 2015) and #Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out Online (Penmanship Books, 2010).
She is also the author of the children’s books Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice (Roaring Brook Press), which is forthcoming in 2020; Black Girl Magic (Roaring Brook Press, 2018); and Woke Baby (Roaring Brook Press, 2018). In addition, she is the editor of His Rib: Stories, Poems & Essays by HER (Penmanship Books, 2007).
Browne is the founder and publisher of Penmanship Books, which she created “as the answer to the performance poet’s publishing problem.” An award-winning performance poet, she is also active in the spoken word community. She has released five LPs of her work and has served as the poetry program director and Friday Night Slam curator for the Nuyorican Poets Café.
Browne has received fellowships from the Arts for Justice Fund, Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, and Poets House, among other honors and awards. She is the artistic director of Urban Word NYC and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Black Girl Magic (Roaring Brook Press, 2018)
Woke Baby (Roaring Brook Press, 2018)
Smudge (Button Poetry, 2016)
Redbone (Aquarius Press, 2015)
Swag (Penmanship Books, 2010)
#Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out Online in 140 Characters or Less (Penmanship Books, 2010)
Unlikely & Other Sorts (Penmanship Books, 2006)