Mariko NagaiPoetry, Fiction
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20120608, 20111028
Japanese poet and fiction writer Mariko Nagai has lived all over the globe, from Brussels, Belgium, to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and her work includes characters equally diverse. Her 2007 book of poetry, Histories of Bodies, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, explores different types of love and desire. In her 2010 short story collection, Georgic, winner of the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize, Nagai draws from history to depict characters facing extreme adversity. She talks about her work and reads from both books, including a Pushcart Prize-winning story originally published in New Letters magazine.
We go to the archives to revisit a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century's Phyllis Wheatley and concluding with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. This show also features the late Margaret Walk...
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