Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20071012
Poet Kevin Young, influenced by both film noir and jazz, uses cinematic and musical elements when crafting his books of poetry that prominently feature African-American historical figures and themes. The author of five books of poetry and the editor of four other collections, Young talks about and reads from his 2007 book, For the Confederate Dead, as well as his earlier collections, To Repel Ghosts and Jelly Roll, winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award.
In part one of this conversation, Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, whose numerous books of poetry, essays and stories have delighted children and adults alike, reads from her book, ...
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