Interviewed by: Rebekah Presson
Catalog Number: 19881104
In the first part of this interview, Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, talks openly about such subjects as her childhood, her decision to leave Harper & Row and allow her books to be published by a small black-owned publishing company and her own mortality. The second part of this interview, along with an earlier 1984 reading with Gwendolyn Brooks and a Past American Voice Compilation program, are all available in our Audio Archives.
Growing up in a Philadelphia apartment above a liquor store, poet Ellen Bass thought her childhood was "the most mundane, pedestrian, unpoetic world you could possibly live in," but after many years and the death of her parents, she finds herself ...
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