Stacey Lynn Brown was raised in Atlanta. She is the author of Cradle Song: a poem and teaches creative writing at Indiana University. The Shallows (Persea), her most recent book, is a poignant collection of poems on illness and parenthood by one of the great poets of the American South. In The Shallows, Stacey Lynn Brown continues her potent exploration of the American South―its complex legacies of family and race. These harrowing yet ultimately hopeful new poems depict a daughter grappling with the aftermath of her father’s massive stroke and her own concurrent struggles with a debilitating and mysterious illness.