Jun 112014

Hello there!

I’m collecting videos of people reading poems from my new book Backup Singers. Would you like to record one? That would be great!

These are NOT done:

Rue Daguerre: Pages 17,22,23,29
Friend: Pages 36
Multifarious Array: Numbers 4-6,9-28,30,33-38,40

Send it to me here: sommerbrowning@hotmail.com Doesn’t have to be fancy in any way, but it could be.


These are the poems that are already done (thank you!), the () is the page number:

From Rue Daguerre

I saw many many clocks (15)
The perfume seller’s wife (16)
Draw the monster from mythology (19)
During hide and seek (21)
Books about books (24)
We need some music in here. (25)
[In a painting factory] (26)
Check it. (27)
When I see a tree bend (30)

From Friend

Isn’t it wasn’t it isn’t it so (35)
Chrissy. Chrissy. Chrissy. Chrissy.(40)
This will be the hardest part (41)
Here I am so selfish (45)
Alcohol affects the frontal cortex (46)
Sommer I’m dying. (49)

From Multifarious Array


From Deep Cuts

Federal Holiday
There is a Problem with your Interrogative
I love music and I love people, but I hate show and I hate business
Safe Bets

They will go up next week, and on and on and on to Muncie…no deadline!

 Posted by at 6:57 am
Apr 152014

My new book, BACKUP SINGERS, is out with Birds, LLC!

I’m so happy to be published with Birds again. Many thanks to their wonderful editors. And for Eric Amling for the design.

You can order a copy at their website

(later this year it will be available through SPD and Amazon).

Philip Guston on the cover and the poem below is on the back!



backup singers front cover 320x480


This poem is called Safe Bets.

Safe Bet.

Sorry let me start over.

This poem is called Safe Bets.

Safe Bet.

Sorry I can’t believe that, let me start over.

This poem is called Safe Bets.

Safe Bet.

Shit, sorry. Again.

This poem is called Safe Bets.

Safe Bets.

It is a safe bet that Slavoj Zizek is eating a donut.

Feb 092014

I read last night for the inaugural Madame Harriet Presents event at Counterpath. It is hosted by two geniuses, Selah Saterstrom & HR Hegnauer. TC Tolbert and Andrea Rexilius performed. Last night I felt all of the emotions.

I am reading four more times in February! Knoxville and Atlanta next week, then twice at AWP. My new book, BACKUP SINGERS, should be out then!!!

Also I’m reading in Austin & Denver & Lawrence, soon.

I hope to see you at one of these events.

Here is a sweet poster for my Austin reading with Deborah Poe!



 Posted by at 11:38 am
Jan 132014

Yes! It’s true! I am August!

I appear in there with Kazim Ali, Christophe Casamassima, Don Mee Choi, Ryan Eckes, Farrah Field, Joan Kane, Bhanu Kapil, Rachel Levitsky, Anna Moschovakis, Jared White, and Simone White & illustrations by Essye Klempner.

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Click here to order it: http://argosbooks.org/?p=1405

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Jan 122014

Birds, LLC is going to publish my next book, Backup Singers! It should be out at AWP in late February. This is from their website:

Birds, LLC Announces BACKUP SINGERS by Sommer Browning
Friends,We’re very excited to announce our next title: Backup Singers by Sommer Browning.Browning follows up her sold out debut, Either Way I’m Celebrating, with an even rawer and starker, and again darkly humorous navigation of friendship, marriage, and motherhood. The result is a more overtly political assessment of the absurd deficit between what we’re confronted with and what we’re equipped with to deal with those confrontations: “It’s a girl, / and the wires she needs // open her hands / before they’re fists.”

Browning combats this deficit with relentless anaphora and repetition, reducing seemingly impossible relationships to their most basic element–a love that begets an unconditional loyalty: “I’m here! I didn’t run!”

Look for Backup Singers to be available exclusively at the Birds, LLC table at AWP!


the Editors


Thank you so much, Birds. Best press ever.

 Posted by at 11:44 am