Marcia F. Brown is the author of four poetry collections, including When We Invented Water (Moon Pie Press, 2014) and What On Earth (Moon Pie Press, 2010), and the editor of the anthology, Port City Poems: Contemporary Poets Celebrate Portland, Maine (Maine Poetry Central 2013), which was a finalist for the 2014 Maine Literary Awards. She was appointed to serve as Poet Laureate for the City of Portland, Maine from 2013–2015. Her book of essays and food writing, Well Read, Well Fed: A Year of Great Reads and Simple Dishes for Book Groups, will be published autumn 2015.
As Poet Laureate, Brown initiated Maine Poetry Central’s Words Matter Visiting Poets Series to bring poets of national distinction to read in the Greater Portland area, launching the series in April 2015 with An Evening with Poet Tony Hoagland, hosted by Colby College professor Peter Harris at the University of Southern Maine's Hannaford Hall Auditorium. Since 2011 she has co-hosted the monthly Cape Elizabeth reading series, Local Writers at the Local Buzz, featuring area writers reading original fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Brown holds an MFA from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Program and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Three of her poems have been read on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac. Her work is widely published in literary journals and anthologies, including Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems, American Places (Penguin Books 2011).
She resides in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, with her husband.