Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20180105, 20170224
In the second half of our conversation with two time American Book Award-winning poet Al Young, he shares more from his book Something About the Blues: An Unlikely Collection of Poetry as well as a couple of poems included in his earlier books Coastal Nights and Inland Afternoons: Poems 2001-2006 and The Sound of Dreams Remembered: Poems 1990-2000. Young also talks about his tenure as the California State Poet Laureate and reads his poem that was included in The Best American Poetry 2016. The first part of this interview as well as programs from 1986 and 1993 with Al Young are available in our Audio Archives.
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