Boston born, Brooke grew up between the United States and Zimbabwe, Africa, and currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
A former journalist for Pulse and published under assorted nom de plumes, Calder’s multimedia poetry project (Burning Shakespeare) debuted on MPR‘s Word Of Mouth in 1999. She embarked on a songwriting career shortly after, eventually sharing credits with Phil Solem (The Rembrandts), Rick McCollum (The Afghan Whigs), Monte Moir (The Time), and a tiny video stint with Prince. When not wildly scribbling notes for her next book, she’s a fan of Art, Cinema, Science Fiction, and occasionally, the Oxford comma.
Her favorite creators are: Agatha Christie, Anaïs Nin, Baz Luhrmann, the Brontes, Charlie Chaplin, Emily Dickinson, Fred Rogers, Jean Cocteau, Neil Gaiman, Neal Karlen, Neil Strauss, Nelson Mandela, Ozgur Sahin, P.G. Wodehouse, Rachel Hollis, Susan David, Warren Ellis, as well as science fiction icons Gene Roddenberry, Ray Bradbury and William Gibson.
With Poems About Boys publishing this Summer, Calder continues to research and pen In Praise of Men.