Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20080613, 20060208
Co-founder of Cave Canem for African-American poets, Cornelius Eady talks about his book, Brutal Imagination, that brings to life fictional characters in American culture, including Uncle Tom, Aunt Jemima, Mrs. Butterworth, and the black man invented by Susan Smith to cover her murder of her own children. Some of these poems, along with works from his six other books, are included in his 2008 collection of new and selected poems, Hardheaded Weather.
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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