Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20190201
In the second half of this interview, Patricia Smith, a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts fellow, reads from her book Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, the 2014 winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt Award. Smith also shares a poem from her earlier National Poetry Series Award-winning collection, Teahouse of the Almighty. She discusses her relationships with her parents, who were part of the Great Migration of African-Americans from the south to the north, and life before and after her father's murder. The first part of this interview with Patricia Smith talking about her book Incendiary Art, the 2018 winner of the coveted Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, is available in our audio archives.
In part two of our conversation with poet Ellen Bass, she discusses how, after being married and having two children, she came to discover another part of her sexuality and committed to a more than three-decade relationship with her now wife. She ...
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