Boston born, Brooke grew up between the United States and Zimbabwe, Africa. A former journalist
for Pulse and published under assorted noms de plume, Calder is often best remembered for her feminist, spoken word series Burning Shakespeare, which debuted on
MPR in 1999. Spotted by Sursumcorda Records
entrepreneur David Wesley, she became one of the
label's first female talents and an outspoken advocate
for artists' rights in the digital age.
Calder next embraced a songwriting career, collaborating with Phil Solem (The Rembrandts), Monte Moir (The Time, Rhianna), Rick McCollum (The Afghan Whigs), John Matthews (The Cuban Boys) and more. Over the following decade, she fronted as well as produced sister acts POP INC, glean and A*O*A, produced vocals for Frode Holm and teamed up with Ministry's Duane Buford.
Most recently, Calder penned liner notes for Jean-Marc Lederman's The Hopeless Voyage of The Titanic, served as a script consultant for the rom-com Spy v. Spia, and with Jason Hollis, launched the electronic music imprint Manual Control Records. She is currently publishing her debut collection of prose (Poems About Boys), which arrives February 14th, 2021. When not wildly jotting notes for a new book, being "Lady Boss" at Manual Control or waxing poetic, Brooke is a fan of Art, Cinema, Science Fiction, and occasionally, the Oxford comma.