Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20150918, 20141024
With nearly a decade between his first collection, Drown and his follow-up novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008, Junot Díaz discusses the importance of fallow periods for his writing. Grateful for his awards and recognition, including a 2012 MacArthur "genius" grant, Díaz says they haven't affected his writing or the motivations behind it. He discusses structuring his short stories as a complete body of work and his process of sometimes dropping great stories to preserve the overall flow, and reads from his 2012 collection, This is How You Lose Her. An earlier 2008 interview with Junot Díaz is also available in our audio archives.
In this archive recording, the late essayist and short story writer James Alan McPherson (1943-2016) talks about his life as a writer, father, teacher, traveler, and much more. Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, McPherson graduated with degrees...
We go to the archives to revisit a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century's Phillis Wheatley and concluding with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. This show also features the late Margaret Walk...
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