Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 19990929
Anthony Butts’ first book, a collection of poetry called Fifth Season, won the Small Press Book Award, as well as the Publisher’s Marketing Association’s Benjamin Franklin Award. Highly personal, the poetry gives insight into his childhood in Detroit’s inner city, where he was educated in classes for the mentally impaired until he entered high school. Legally blind, he went on to earn his Ph.D. in literature, and has incorporated his love of mythology and stories into his book of poetry, making it much more than an account of survival.
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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