Interviewed by: Denise Low
Catalog Number: 20150717
Poet Kenneth Irby was born in Texas and raised in the Midwest before serving in the U.S. Army. A graduate of Harvard and Berkeley, Irby settled in Lawrence, Kansas, where he's spent his teaching and writing career at the University of Kansas. Often associated with the Black Mountain Poets, particularly Robert Duncan, Robert Creeley, and Ed Dorn, Irby tells former Kansas Poet Laureate, Denise Low, how the connection was made even though he never visited there. Winner of a Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Irby reads various poems from his most recent book, The Intent On: Collected Poems 1962-2006.
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