Peggy ShumakerPoetry, Nonfiction
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20130719, 20120120
After recovering from a nearly fatal accident, all Peggy Shumaker wanted to do was read. The poet, and Alaska’s State Writer Laureate, 2010-2012, eventually began to write again, and while she didn’t intend to write a memoir, her book of short pieces, Just Breathe Normally, is like one. Shumaker reads from the book and from her poetry collection, Gnawed Bones. She also discusses how writing allows her to take what she calls a kaleidoscopic look at the “broken shards” of her experience, incorporating her physical recovery from the accident with family memories and ancestral stories. Shumaker's most recent work, Toucan Nest, is a collection of poetry about Costa Rica.
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