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 the second half of this interview with Philip Lee Williams, winner of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Writers Association, he discusses his most recent works of poetry, ...
Poet Susan Aizenberg discusses the use of fiction within poetry, admitting that she draws from real life, but notes that there is a distinction between truth and fact. Recently retired from teaching at Nebraska's Creighton University, she reads fr...
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