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Grace Paley: Past American Voice

Fiction, Poetry

Interviewed by: Robert Stewart, Rebekah Presson

Catalog Number: 20071005

Noted American short story writer and poet Grace Paley passed away on August 22, 2007, at the age of 84. We look back on the work of this woman who served separately as the Poet Laureate of New York and Vermont, her home states. In excerpts from two archive New Letters on the Air interviews from the early 1990s, Paley talks about what fuels her poetry and fiction, and why it's important to keep an interest in life as you age. She also reads work that was included in her last collection of poems published in 2001, Begin Again. The full programs with Grace Paley from 1991 and 1994 as well as a 1998 holiday program are available in our audio archives.

| Subject Matter: Poetic Inspiration, Aging | Interview Year: 1991, 1994 | Genre: Fiction, Poetry | Awards: PEN/Malamud Award, Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, Guggenheim Fellowship |

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