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.
Patricia Smith is the author of seven poetry books and a four-time National Poetry Slam Champion, the most successful poet in the competition's history. In part one of this conversation, she reads from her recent book, ...
Poets Hadara Bar-Nadav and Kathryn Nuernberger, who were both chosen as 2017 NEA Literary Fellows, discuss their recent collections along with their origins and influences, and talk about how dreaming affects their poetry. Bar-Nadav, co-editor of ...
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