William Brewer

marlene lopez

(Brewer, William) William Brewer is the author of I Know Your Kind, a winner of the 2016 National Poetry Series, as well as the chapbook Oxyana, which was awarded the Poetry Society of America’s 30 and Under Chapbook Fellowship. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Kenyon Review Online, The Nation, and A Public Space, among others. Brewer is currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. His debut collection, I Know Your Kind (Milkweed), selected for the National Poetry Series by Ada Limón, is a haunting, blistering collection about the American opioid epidemic and poverty in rural Appalachia.  In these poems, William Brewer demonstrates an immersive, devastating empathy for both the lost and the bereaved, the enabled and the enabler, the addict who knocks late at night and the brother who closes the door.