Michelle Boisseau: Past American VoicePoetry
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20171124, 20170623
Poet Michelle Boisseau died November 15, 2017, at age 62. In this interview conducted earlier this year at the Kansas City Public Library, the late Michelle Boisseau discusses her fifth book, Among the Gorgons. The poet, editor, and Guggenheim Fellow reveals how her own aging shed new light on some of the Greek mythology that inspired the Tampa Review Poetry Prize-winning collection. Also a co-author of the textbook Writing Poems, now in its eighth edition, Boisseau talks about her work as a literary citizen, and some of the editing she's done with BkMk Press to help other poets hone their books. She also reads the poem from the book that appeared in Best American Poetry 2016. Programs with Michelle Boisseau from 1996, 2007, and 2010 are also available in our audio archives.
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