Kevin A. Brown was born September 3, 1960, in Kansas City, Missouri. His parents were John Henry Brown and Duan Nimmons Brown.
Active in preserving the history of the Harlem Renaissance from 1930 to 1986, Ida Mae Roberson (later Ida Cullen-Cooper) was Kevin A. Brown’s maternal great-grandmother. In 1940, Ida Mae Roberson married poet Countée Cullen. Countée Cullen married W.E.B. Du Bois’ only daughter in 1928. They divorced in 1930.
From 1932 until his untimely death in 1946, Countée Cullen taught French & Creative Writing at Frederick Douglass Junior High School (P.S. 139) in Harlem. Essayist James Baldwin and historian John Henrik Clarke were just two of the many distinguished alumni who studied under Cullen at P.S. 139.
In the early 1960s Kevin A. Brown lived in Pomona (Los Angeles County). In 1969, he moved to the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco. In the Bay Area counties of San Mateo and Santa Clara from 1970-75, he lived in Belmont and Milpitas, very near San Jose. After high school, Kevin Brown lived from 1980-1985 in San Francisco, where he began publishing essays and reviews.
In New York City from 1985 to 2007, Kevin A. Brown reviewed regularly, published three books and became a translator of works from Spanish into English. At Queens College and many other campuses of the 23-college CUNY system scattered throughout the five boroughs, he double-majored in Spanish as well as literary translation & technical interpreting. He studied with Gregory Rabassa, translator of 100 Years of Solitude, among other distinguished faculty from Spain and Latin America. Kevin A. Brown earned a B.Sc. degree (2006) from the City University of New York Baccalaureate Program for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies, headquartered at the Graduate Center.
Kevin A. Brown’s son, Camilo Brown-Pinilla, was born August 21, 2004. Returning to California, Brown has lived in San Diego since 2007.