Interviewed by: Donna Trussell
Catalog Number: 19871113
Even though she didn’t begin to write in earnest until her children were grown, Jo McDougall admits that she always felt “a terrible need to write.” A native of the Arkansas delta , she writes poetry that often incorporates the folklore she absorbed growing up in that landscape. Here she reads from The Woman in the Next Booth, her first full-length book of poems. Interviews with Jo McDougall from 2002 and 2017 are also available in our Audio Archives.
Growing up in a Philadelphia apartment above a liquor store, poet Ellen Bass thought her childhood was "the most mundane, pedestrian, unpoetic world you could possibly live in," but after many years and the death of her parents, she finds herself ...
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