Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20160122, 20071026
One of two creative writers chosen as a 2105 MacArthur "Genius" Fellow, Ben Lerner talks about his first two books of poetry, The Lichtenberg Figures and Angle of Yaw, which was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award. As a poet, this Kansas native is conscious of the reader and strives to attract someone who will spend time with the work, which is filled with intricate verse and uncommon language. Co-founder of the literary journal NO, Lerner has gone on to write novels and essays. This 2007 interview gives insight into his early genius, and he reads a poem that is a precursor to some of the subject matter in his 2014 novel called 10:04. A reading and an interview with Ben Lerner from a 2019 Kansas City Public Library program are also available in our audio archives.
Our "Classics Series" continues as we go "Back to the Writing Well" to hear from writers of place, including the late Pat Conroy. Famous for his novels about the south, with several made into movies such as ...
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