Marie Brown

An award-winning poet
and author of “Ruby Do Hair,”
Queen Bee,” “Chocolate Nights,”
“The Post Office” and other works
with thought-provoking,  truth-choking words.


Marie Brown is a “clean” poet who addresses social, political, spiritual, testimonial, and comical issues and spoken-word artistry.  Marie is a mother, nurse, author and active volunteer in her community.  Marie began performance poetry while attending Texas Southern University under the leadership of Dr. Thomas Freeman, as a member of the debate team.

Marie discovered at the tender age of ten, that the stories she was being told and books she was reading had no black Cinderellas or Princes--so she started writing her own poetry, stories and songs.

As a teenager, Marie was told by a black man she admired and respected, that he would never marry a black woman because they had low self esteem and were not motivated.  Five years later when Marie was a fully matured woman, she met the same man and his white female companion.   The man could not keep his eyes off of Marie--so much that eventually, his companion became upset.  A conversation resulted between the two--a conversation that inspired the poem “Queen Bee”  Though "QueenBee" was written over twenty years ago  many African American women can still relate to the sentiment that inspired it. 

Marie feels it is her duty as a poet to motivate, stimulate and educate listeners and readers.  One of her most controversial poem stems from inspiration resulting from viewing a news commentary addressing the epidemic rape rate among young virgin girls in South Africa by men seeink a mythical cure for AIDS, Marie wrote "Idiot Splinter," a poem featured on her "Ruby Do Hair" CD.  Ten percent of all these CD sales benefit the GRIP organization. GRIP is an organization which provides health needs and support to children rape victims of South Africa.

Marie is the first woman to qualify for any slam team in the city of Houston in 2002, she served as a member of Houston's Inaugural team who ranked 9th in the nation and held the highest ranked team among any other slam team in Houston for over 10 years.  

Marie has served as mentor and coach for the N.A.A.C.P. Act-So Poetry and Spoken-Word categories since 2006. Marie continued to open doors for female poets, by being the first woman to win the Blue Bonnet Poetry Slam

in 2007. Marie has utilized her poetry to serve numerous benefits. The University of Houston Scholarship Fund, Houston Chapter of Aids, United Negro College Fund, Maria's Women Shelter of Houston, Houston Community College Domestic Violence Awareness, and Texas Families Against Violence San Antonio, Texas.

Marie has taught creative writing classes to refugee students, and has performed poetry internationally.

Marie was awarded the Y.M.C.A. Achievement Youth Award in 2013 acknowledging her work with the youth.

Marie also qualified as team member for the years 2004 and 2010.  Marie's  most popular CD, "Ruby Do Hair,"  is produced by Taji of Thin Man Productions and Karega of Blacklight Entertainment. Other poets featured include Inertia, CEO of Pop up Poetry, and Keisha McBride, lead vocalist and Blackchylde, independent artist. Marie’s 2004 offering is her CD entitled “Home Grown.‘  "Ready Or Not" in 2009 and "My Cup Runneth Over" in 2018. 

Marie is Coach of the Houston Poetry Slam Team 2018, while attending school and working on her memoir.

A Brief Bio:

Marie Brown, a native of San Antonio, Texas, is a poet, spoken-word artist and songwriter who has lived in Houston for over twenty years. A former member of the Texas Southern University Debate Team under the leadership of Dr. Thomas F. Freeman, Marie placed first in prose at the University of Nebraska in 1988 as a rookie member of the team. She also won first place for prose, drama-interpretation in Houston’s People's Workshop’s Sammy Awards at the Wortham Center  in 1988;  In 2002, Marie served as a member of Houston Poetry Slam Inaugural Team  and placed 8th out of fifty-four entries.

Marie has shared her poetry with academia, special events and fundraisers, including The University of Houston Scholarship Fund sponsored by the Delphian Chapters, and The AIDS Foundation of Houston at the Kilworth Manor, produced by Cuz and Company and sponsored her own fundraiser to benefit the Houston Poetry Slam Team 2003.


“The Post Office.”


“ amazing combination of Marie Brown's poetry set to a background of grooves. I highly recommend it to anyone with an ear for poetry.”

“Rudy Do Hair” is inspirational to the young woman”

“From the first monolouge of ‘Radio Stations,’ Marie Brown provides stories that are a savory base of conscious thought and social commentary, peppered with humor.  Standout cuts are the title track, "Post Office", and "Idiot Splinter".

“Post Office is a jazzy poetic master piece”

“...very neo-soul, but in poetry style.  I really loved "If it's Love." tells young women the truth about love and men.”

“Rudy Do Hair's poignant poetic melodies
are insightful and exhilarating!”

“Spoken word at its best!’

“I only have a CD player in my car...So I've been taking the long route to my destinations since I purchased ‘Ruby Do Hair.’  My desire to be in my car has become obsessively overwhelming ...Therefore, I'm on my way out to purchase a stereo system with CD for my home. No doubt, I'll take the long route there and back!”

“Her words pierce your consciousness
and cause you to react.”

“Her IDIOT SPLINTER is so very powerful...
She helps you to feel the pain of the little innocent girl rape victim and causes you to want to react to what's going on in a positive way....entertaining and thought provoking.”

“Stinging commentary worth hearing”

Marie currently performs her  one-woman show "Ruby Do Hair" with a band or tracks.

Presently, Marie is the spokesperson for the Metro Ride Commercials for the 4th largest city in America, Houston Texas. Marie appears on Metro-Ride Commercials on networks, ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX.  Marie's voice-over is also  heard on Houston Metro website and Houston's local radio stations

See the Metro Commercial: