Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20080201, 20070608
The young novelist Tayari Jones was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1970, so she was very cognizant of the child murders that took place during her third and fourth grade years in the black neighborhoods of her hometown. This formed the basis of her first novel, Leaving Atlanta, which builds a strong fictional world around the mysterious tragedies as seen through the eyes of several children. Jones also talks about the joy of writing fiction and her second novel The Untelling, which depicts young women in their 20s attempting to overcome past traumas.
Poet Susan Aizenberg discusses the use of fiction within poetry, admitting that she draws from real life, but notes that there is a distinction between truth and fact. Recently retired from teaching at Nebraska's Creighton University, she reads fr...
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