Derrick Brown, former paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne, gondolier, actor, magician, and fired weatherman, now travels the world and performs his written work. From Nashville and Long Beach, he is dedicated to bringing American poetry into rock and roll status through the use of live performance.
He has consistently been the opening act for Indie rock act, Cold War Kids and has been booked with The White Stripes and performed with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. His work has been featured in books with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Viggo Mortensen, Jeff Buckley and Jim Carrol.
As one of the most original and well-traveled writer/performers in the country, Derrick Brown has gained a cult following for his poetry performances all over the U.S. and through Europe. A poetic terrorism group has taken to sticking and tagging his metaphors across the globe.
To date, Brown has performed at over 1300 venues and universities internationally including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, La Sorbonne in Paris and CBGB’s in NYC.
Known for a moving show that incorporates spoken word, minimalist music, and even sound fx, Brown is unique for being an outstanding performer but is foremost a page poet. He has won the California Independent Book Critics' Award in 2004, and his performance poetry has won six first-place poetry slam finishes in Venice Beach, England, and Germany.