John Brown was born in Co Derry in 1961. He studied English literature at Bristol University and Scottish literature at Edinburgh University, edited a poetry magazine (Gown Literary Supplement) in the 1980s in Belfast and has continued to write articles on poetry and visual art for journals and magazines both within and beyond Ireland.
He was employed as Literature Officer with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for several years.
He edited In the Chair: Interviews with Poets from the North of Ireland (2002), interviews with 22 leading Northern Irish poets, Magnetic North: The Emerging Poets (2006),collection of new poetry from Northern Ireland and A Feather on a Finger: Selected Poems of Matt Ewart (2004).
He is currently Writer-in-Residence at Magilligan Prison.