Sterling Brown biography
Born on May 1, 1901, in Washington, D.C., African-American poet Sterling Brown is best known for his writing rooted in folklore and authentic black dialect. After graduating from Williams College in 1922 and receiving a master’s degree from Harvard University in 1923, Brown began working as a professor. Over the next few years, he began collecting folk songs and stories, and then published Southern Road in 1932. Later works include Negro Poetry and Drama (1937), The Negro in American Fiction (1937) and The Negro Caravan (1941). Brown died in Takoma Park, Maryland, on January 13, 1989.