Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20170317, 20160826
The first Poet Laureate of Belfast (2013-14), Sinéad Morrissey discusses her formative childhood during "the troubles" in Ireland and some influences for her poetry from gypsy relatives to her travels in China. In the first half of this interview, this author of five award-winning collections of poetry reads from early work in her books There Was Fire in Vancouver, Between Here and There, and The State of the Prisons. Her first book published in the U.S., Parallax: And Selected Poems, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award. The second part of this interview is available in our Audio Archives.
We go to the archives to revisit a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century's Phyllis Wheatley and concluding with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. This show also features the late Margaret Walk...
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