Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20100122, 20090731
A first generation American poet and 2009 NEA fellow, Aimee Nezhukumatathil discusses her two books of poety: the multi-award winning Miracle Fruit and At the Drive-in Volcano. She talks about writing poetry with a comic eye, and discusses the poetic form for which she named her dog, Villanelle. She also describes how her unique ethnic heritage-her father is from India and her mother from the Philippines-along with her interest in environmental writing are creative influences on her work.
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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