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.
Poet Susan Aizenberg discusses the use of fiction within poetry, admitting that she draws from real life, but notes that there is a distinction between truth and fact. Recently retired from teaching at Creighton University, she reads from her thir...
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