“As part of our trademark studies, my students experienced “Branded: The Buying, Frying, Making, Baking of African American Domestic Stereotypes,” a riveting presentation via Zoom from Semaj Brown. She brought history, science, psychology, anthropology, and economics to bear on the issue of what we see when we see product logos. We will never look at them the same way again.”

Professor Susan M. Kornfield, J.D. | University of Michigan – Law School


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Michigan Council of Teachers of English celebrate 100 years with theme ‘Where do we go from here? Chaos…’ to Community

Posted Nov. 30, 2022

The House of Joy

Posted Nov 20, 2022


Posted Sept. 24, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, MA | A Living Legacy | Af-Am Point of View

Posted Feb. 1, 2022

NEW YORK, NY | Poets Laureate Fellows Interview | poets.org

Posted Nov. 22, 2021

Meet Flint’s Poet Laureate Semaj Brown | MyCity Magazine

Posted SEPTEMBER 2, 2021

Stateside with April Baer | Michiganradio.org

Posted July 16, 2021

Poet Laureate Civic Project launched with ZBZ of ZPHI BETA Sorority, Inc. | ABC12

Posted Oct. 14, 2021

Ethan Wang Interviews Flint Poet Laureate | National Student of Poet Inquiry

Posted Sept. 30, 2021

Flint’s First Poet Laureate | East Village Magazine

Posted on Jun 16, 2021

The Courier News

Posted June 4, 2021

Radio Free Flint with Arthur Busch

June 8 2021

Semaj Brown on Amanda Gorman | Insight into NE Michigan

Semaj Brown | Flint Michigan’s First Poet Laureate | speaks about Amanda Gorman on Insight into Northeast Michigan, a WBKB News Public Affairs Program. March 26, 2021

The “Mother Ocean” Odyssey with Deborah D. Conrad

1. I learned years ago from a bible scholar I admire that poet and prophet are the same word in Hebrew. This is part of the reason that Woodside has begun our habit of reading modern poets as part of our worship (that, and the United Church of Christ assertion that “God is still speaking”). How might it feel to you to have someone call you a prophet?

Indiana University

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow/Associate Professor Otrude Moyo, PhD, utilized “Mother Ocean (The Making of a New Tribe)” in her diversity seminar and is facilitating use of Brown’s additional writings for “Examining Power, Oppression, and Complicity: A Community Dialogue” at the Indiana University of South Bend, Civil Rights Heritage Center, and Alumni Association “Listening to Semaj brought joy, physical and spiritual to me… kind of a cathartic experience. The comingling of different worlds, the tangible and intangible, had the power to calm me. Her voice, her words and the spirit of sharing managed to lower my pressure. I had been struggling for a change. I felt light and conscious of all my being.” Posted Dec. 21, 2020

Alabama Contemporary Museum of Art | Artist Talk

Artist Talk with Jasmine Murrell featuring Poet Semaj Brown. Posted Oct. 25, 2020

NPR Affiliate Michigan Radio – Stateside, Host April Behr

Posted March 16, 2020

Writer Bush “Word on the Street”

Posted 2020

Piper Carter Podcast

Posted Aug. 22, 2020

Dr. John Telford Radio Show

Posted Aug. 8, 2019

NPR Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson

Posted 2019

Stateside with April Baer | Michiganradio.org

Posted July 16, 2017

Jason Isaacs’ Black Love Project Interview

Posted 2017


The Courier News – Community-Wide Convergent Voice Workshop exceeds expectations

Posted March 28, 2023

The Courier News – Upcoming poetry workshop and forum expected to birth transformation

Posted March 9, 2023


WMS Students Respond to Flint Poet’s ‘Black Dandelion’ for Black History Class | Posted Spring 2023

AT&T Recognizes the Poem Black Dandelion, and a New Multimedia Platform is Born | Black Enterprise

Posted Sept. 2022

The Harlem Renaissance lives on-in Flint! | The Courier

Posted Nov. 10, 2021


Posted Jun. 24, 2021

Flint poet laureate aims to bring community together through poetry programs | FlintBeat

Posted JUNE 19, 2021

Grand Blanc View

Local Writer Named Flint’s First Poet Laureate | Posted June 17, 2021

Cars 108

Posted June 9, 2021

Semaj awarded 2021 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship

Posted June 2021

Detroit Free Press

Posted June 3, 2021

Flint Beat – Resilience, wholeness, Black girl magic: Poet Semaj Brown’s powerful performance

“Semaj Brown is not used to performing inside of a box. She said so on Feb. 24, during a live poetry reading and discussion over Zoom, with the Woodside Church. She’s used to the stage, but that didn’t stop her from putting on a theatrical performance of her poem “Mother Ocean,” complete with a light blue ruffle fabric backdrop, blue gems along her forehead, various voices, claps, snaps, and facial expressions…” -Amy Diaz, writer for Arts and Culture Flint Beat

Flint Beat – Flint Poet Laureate to perform work in virtual event

Posted Feb. 23, 2021

Join the Conversation Indiana University Release

Posted Dec. 21, 2020

Word Power Univ. of Mich-Flint Dept. of English

Posted Aug. 12, 2020

Flint Side

Posted Aug. 2020

East Village Magazine /Semaj Brown at the Flint Institute of Arts

Posted Feb. 2, 2020

East Village Magazine /Poet Laureate Launches Literacy Project

Posted Nov. 16, 2019

Poets.org – Semaj Brown

Posted Nov. 15, 2019

Book Beat

Posted Nov. 6, 2019


Posted Nov. 1, 2019

The Flint Courier – Meet Semaj Brown

Posted Oct. 31, 2019

Nonprofit Quarterly

Posted Oct. 10, 2019

Poetry Foundation

Posted Oct. 10, 2019

Flint names Semaj Brown as city’s first poet laureate

Posted Oct. 08, 2019

Bleeding Fire at Mott Warsh Review

Posted Aug. 26, 2019

Flint Side

Posted Aug. 21, 2019

THE HUB FLINT – The Art of Resilience

Posted April 2017


Posted Fed. 9, 2017

MyCity Mag – Veggie Virtuoso

Posted Jan. 1, 2014

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