Amiri BarakaPoetry, Drama, Nonfiction
Interviewed by: Robert Stewart
Catalog Number: 20030716
In this special celebration of Poet Laureates, we revisit this 1996 interview with prominent poet and playwright, Amiri Baraka. Formerly known as LeRoi Jones, Baraka only served a partial term as the New Jersey Poet Laureate before being ousted for his controversial 9/11 poem, "Somebody Blew Up America." Despite all the furor, Baraka has been called one of the most influential people in African-American literary culture. This poet of jazz rhythms and political action talks about his life and work with poet and New Letters magazine editor Robert Stewart.
We go to the archives to revisit a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century's Phyllis Wheatley and concluding with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. This show also features the late Margaret Walk...
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