Brenda Bell Brown
Affiliated Writer
Saint Paul, MN

Brenda Bell Brown is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. After receiving a BA in Theater Arts from Brown University, dedication to the study of Black American life and culture led her to pursue a MA in Museum Studies at Hampton University. A writer, performer and visual artist, Brenda is a member of the Black Storytellers Alliance (MN) and Blues City Cultural Center (TN), an alumna of Hedgebrook Women's Writer's Retreat (WA), and recipient of several recognitions for her work in literature for print, stage, and screen. Brenda received a 2010 Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Community Partnership Grant and recently completed her second term as a Cultural Liaison to the Minnesota State Arts Board.  She had the honor of performing at the first annual Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis in August 2012.  Active in the community, she currently serves as a Minneapolis (MN) Arts Commissioner and music host for KFAI-FM Fresh Air Radio, and is a Face Forward roster artist represented by the N.U.T.S.