Mona Lisa SaloyPoetry
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20060215
Winner of the 2005 T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize, Mona Lisa Saloy reads from her award-winning collection Red Beans & Ricely Yours. Chosen in January, long before Hurricane Katrina, the book describes the lives and culture of black New Orleans, turning folk sayings into polished verse, vibrant with local history. The poetry judge, Ishmael Reed, has said “Ms. Saloy’s book might be the last will and testament of a great city.”
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