Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20160122, 20071026
One of two creative writers chosen as a 2105 MacArthur "Genius" Fellow, Ben Lerner talks about his first two books of poetry, The Lichtenberg Figures and Angle of Yaw, which was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award. As a poet, this Kansas native is conscious of the reader and strives to attract someone who will spend time with the work, which is filled with intricate verse and uncommon language. Co-founder of the literary journal NO, Lerner has gone on to write novels and essays. This 2007 interview gives insight into his early genius, and he reads a poem that is a precursor to some of the subject matter in his 2014 novel called 10:04.
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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