Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20140919, 20140404
In the first half of Park University's 2013 Ethnic Voices Poetry Series presentation at the Kansas City Public Library, Martín Espada begins by taking us to Puerto Rico with a poem from his 2003 book, Alabanza: New and Selected Poems and then shares works from his 2012 International Latino Book Award-winning collection The Trouble Ball, which also won the Massachusetts Book Award and the Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award. He reads with his signature rhythmic chant and talks about his Puerto-Rican father and his childhood in Brooklyn, as well as poetic inspirations from Pablo Neruda and Omar Khayyam. For more on the Rubaiyat Collection mentioned in the program, visit the Diastole website.
In part one of this conversation, Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, whose numerous books of poetry, essays and stories have delighted children and adults alike, reads her poem "Famous" that was recently turned into picture book and discusses wh...
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