Stephanie Powell WattsFiction
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20130222, 20121026
North Carolina native and former Jehovah's Witness minister, Stephanie Powell Watts, reads from her first published book, We are Taking Only What We Need, a collection of short stories that was a finalist for the 2012 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and winner of the 2012 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellance. As young, poor, black women, her characters deal with questions of race, faith, and "post-blackness." Watts talks about the influence of her story-telling family and Southern upbringing that helped bring her fictional protagonists into being.
Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, whose numerous books of poetry, essays and stories have delighted children and adults alike, reads her poem "Famous" that was recently turned into picture book and discusses what inspired her exploration of the...
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