Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20150522, 20140912
Growing up in New Jersey as a first generation Filipino-American, Patrick Rosal was accustomed to an eclectic mix of music, language, and his family's unspoken history, including his father leaving the Catholic priesthood to marry his mother. In this interview at the Kansas City Public Library as part of Park University's Ethnic Voices Poetry Series, Rosal describes his early impetus to capture the lives of break dancers, hip-hop artists, and, as he calls them, 'rough necks,' from his youth into poetry. Now teaching at Rutgers University-Camden and a co-editor of the online magazine, Some Call It Ballin', he discusses his own literary mentors and reads from his three acclaimed books, Uprock, Headspin, Scramble and Dive; My American Kundiman; and Boneshepherds.
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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