Colleen J. McElroyPoetry, Nonfiction
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20040512, 19990901, 19990217
A former speech pathologist turned poet and scholar, Colleen J. McElroy has written books of poetry and essays that capture the various worlds she has inhabited--from the urban black neighborhood of her youth to the African island-nation of Madagascar, where she was a Fulbright scholar. She talks about two of her books: a travel memoir called A Long Way From St. Louie and her collection of poetry, Travelling Music, and relates how her wanderlust shaped not only her life, but her creative work.
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