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.
In this archive recording, the late essayist and short story writer James Alan McPherson (1943-2016) talks about his life as a writer, father, teacher, traveler, and much more. Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, McPherson graduated with degrees...
We go to the archives to revisit a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century's Phillis Wheatley and concluding with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. This show also features the late Margaret Walk...
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