Ariana Brown

POET, WORKSHOP FACILITATOR, PERFORMER

NOW BOOKING FOR FALL 2021:

poetry performances, writing workshops, artist talks, and panel discussions

Ariana Brown is a queer Black Mexican American poet from the Southside of San Antonio, TX. She is the author of the poetry collections We Are Owed. (Grieveland, 2021) and Sana Sana (Game Over Books, 2020). Ariana’s work investigates queer Black personhood in Mexican American spaces, Black relationality and girlhood, loneliness, and care. She holds a B.A. in African Diaspora Studies and Mexican American Studies and an M.F.A. in Poetry. A 2014 national collegiate poetry slam champion, Ariana has also recorded a digital poetry EP titled LET US BE ENOUGH, available on Bandcamp. She has been writing, performing, and teaching poetry for over ten years, and owes much of her practice to Black performance communities led by Black women poets from the South.

Follow her work online at www.arianabrown.com and on Twitter & Instagram @ArianaThePoet.

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Ariana’s work investigates queer Black personhood in Mexican American spaces, Black relationality and girlhood, loneliness, and care. She has been writing, performing, and teaching poetry for over ten years.


Lesson plans, Spanish translations of her poems, and other resources are available on her website. Ariana is also creating poems, essays, and writing prompts on Patreon.

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We are Owed.

Release Date: July 29th, 2021

We Are Owed. is the debut poetry collection of Ariana Brown, exploring Black relationality in Mexican and Mexican American spaces. Through poems about the author’s childhood in Texas and a trip to Mexico as an adult, Brown interrogates the accepted origin stories of Mexican identity. We Are Owed. asks the reader to develop a Black consciousness by rejecting U.S., Chicano, and Mexican nationalism and confronting anti-Black erasure and empire-building.

Foreword by Alan Pelaez Lopez
Cover art by Desiree Vaniecia

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Sana Sana

Game Over Books

After ten years of performing her spoken word poetry, Ariana Brown gathers her favorite poems to return to in her chapbook Sana Sana. With a tender and critical voice, she explores Black girlhood, the possibilities of queerness, finding your people, and trying to survive capitalism. All are explored as acts of different kinds of love—for self, for lovers, for family, for community. Brown’s collection refuses singularity, insisting on the specificity of her own life and studies. As she writes toward her own healing, Brown asks readers to participate in the ceremony by serving as witnesses. Sana Sana, colita de rana, si no sana hoy, sana en la mañana.

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Let Us Be Enough

LET US BE ENOUGH is the debut poetry EP by Ariana Brown.

Ariana Brown's debut poetry EP, featuring nine of her most popular poems set to music. Listen to Ariana perform "Invocation," "Supremacy," and the single "Ode to Thrift Stores" set to instrumentals produced and mixed by Tucson-based artists DJQ and PSYPIRITUAL. Watch the music video for "Ode to Thrift Stores" to get a taste of the EP. Stream the entire EP or download for later listening. A project two years in the making,  LET US BE ENOUGH  is perfect for chill car rides, study/work music, and works through themes of navigating patriarchy, Blackness, relationships, and the spiritual.

all poems written & performed by Ariana Brown | co-produced & mixed by DJQ & PSYPIRITUAL | album art by @_KingRemer