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Christopher K. P. Brown / Bio

Christopher K. P. Brown was born and raised in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. In March of 1999, at the age of 14, he wrote his first poem, Teenager, Not Danger, in order to enter Southern Arkansas University’s youth writing competition. Though Teenager, Not Danger was his first attempt at writing poetry he won first place. Thus, a poet was born. In August of 2000, after being rejected repeatedly by numerous publishers, Christopher’s mother and brother decided to purchase him a $500 printer so that he could self-publish his own works. With new resources Christopher self-published his first book of poetry, Content, at the age of 16 and sold over 200 copies at $20 a piece. The feedback received from Content would serve as the foundation for Christopher K.P. Brown’s career in poetry.

After graduating from Pine Bluff High School in 2002, Christopher moved to Macon, Georgia to attend Mercer University. During his freshman year at Mercer, Christopher recorded his first CD, Primary Concern. The CD sold just under 200 copies by the summer of 2003 when Christopher and his brother established the 2 Pens & Lint website in order to broaden Christopher’s support base. The 2 Pens & Lint website would allow people from all over the world to read, listen to, and purchase his poetry. The first release through the website came in March of 2004 with Christopher’s second album, Deuteronomy 19. On this album, Christopher produced music for the first time and though he was pleased with the outcome he felt that he could do a better job at making music. Therefore, he quickly went to work on his next release, 2 Pens & Lint: Volume 1. However, while working on the album he discovered that his friend and classmate, Okenna Oparah was working on a hip hop album. With Christopher working on a project that was slated to be released around the same time as Okenna’s album, the two fit to press a double album. The resulting product would come to be known collectively as Fine Arts, with Christopher’s album being named 2 Pens & Lint: Volume 1 and Okenna’s album entitled M.I.A. With the money made from the album, Christopher and Okenna started a campus newsletter, The Seed. Originally established simply to commemorate Black History Month, money made from The Seed would eventually be used to fund a scholarship competition they were planning called The Power of One. With The Power of One scholarship competition, Christopher and Okenna gave out $1,000 in scholarship money to students at Central High School in Macon, Georgia.

Christopher released his latest CD, POETRY: a hip hop album in September of 2007, just a few months after graduating from Mercer University with a degree in African American Studies. The first half of POETRY: a hip hop album focuses on Black male identity with poems such as Losing Isaiah and Rhyme Scheme while the second half serves as a tribute to Black women with poems like Mahagony, SGA (Sanchez, Giovanni, Angelou), and A Poem 4 My Mother. In the summer of 2008, Christopher embarked upon a ten show tour known as the Straight No Chaser tour. Motivated by the acquittal of the police officers who killed young African American male, Sean Bell, the tour expanded the 2 Pens & Lint support base and improved the sells of POETRY: a hip hop album. He created a buzz for the tour by producing his own mixtape, The Straight, No Chaser mixtape. After sending out 500 free copies of the mixtape to those who supported his career over the years, he headed to Atlanta, Macon, Little Rock, Baltimore, and Washington DC to do shows. Now that he has graduated and is focused on doing poetry full time, Christopher is working everyday to establish 2 Pens & Lint as a well known and respected company that concentrates on building poetry as an industry in which poets are able to pay their bills and feed their families with money made from the works they create. When 2 Pens & Lint was created simply as a website back in 2003, Christopher was only 18 years old. Since then he’s studied the poetry industry; he’s had successes and failures in poetry; but most importantly he feels that he’s still young enough to live up to the 2 Pens & Lint motto of moving towards “A New Direction In Poetry”.

Christopher K.P. Brown has performed throughout the east coast and southern region of the United States, including feature performances at the following venues:

South Flavas Open Mic – Austin, Texas
The ACAC Open Mic – Little Rock, Arkansas
Spit Dat Open Mic Series – Washington, DC
Busboys & Poets Open Mic – Washington, DC (14th & V and 5th & K)
Jus' Words Open Mic – Philadelphia, PA
Coffee After Dark – Philadelphia, PA
Poetry & Pancakes – Beaufort, SC
Street Poets NYC present Thee Open Mic – Brooklyn, NY
Sofar Sounds Music Event – New York, NY and Philadelphia, PA
VERSES at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe – New York, NY
The Poetz Realm – Bridgeport, Connecticut
The Session Live! - Columbia, South Carolina
Lyrics & Libations – Charlotte, North Carolina
Do You Lyric Lounge – Atlanta, GA
Poetry Jamz at Black Bird Cafe – Milledgeville, GA
Urban Grind Open Mic – Atlanta, GA
Poetry Night at Coffee Underground – Greenville, South Carolina
Marlee's Spoken Word Open Mic – Atlanta, GA
Art of Conversation – Philadelphia, PA, Baltimore, MD, and Brooklyn New York
Poetic Peace Open Mic – Macon, GA
Wed Mic Wednesdays – Albany, GA
Spirits & Lyrics – Manassas, VA
Organic Soul – Baltimore, MD
Bloombars Open Mic – Washington, DC
Crescent Moon Nights – Washington, DC
Extraordinary Words Open Mic – Brooklyn, New York

General Info

Artist Name
Christopher K. P. Brown
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/ChristopherKP
Genres
Other / Spoken Word / Poetry

Contact Info

Location
Philadelphia, PA