Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20150821, 20110325, 20100604
Growing up in bayou country, the poet Martha Serpas is attached to the landscape and culture of southern Louisiana. Poems about the environment and the endangered Gulf shores permeate her work, including her 2006 collection, The Dirty Side of the Storm, and her earlier book, Côte Blanche, as well as her poetry that is included in the environmental documentary film, Veins in the Gulf. Raised Cajun Catholic, Serpas also discusses the role religion plays in her work and in her life as a lesbian and a hospital chaplain. Her 2015 collection, The Diener, investigates loss and healing in a hospital trauma center and the eroding landscape of Louisiana.
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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