Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20150109, 20130705
In part two of this interview with Belarusian poet Valzhyna Mort, she reads from her 2011 book, Collected Body, and talks about how her grandmother and female ancestry inspired the work, helping her develop themes of migration, movement and the exiled body. Mort also talks about how family, nature, and various landscapes—from her own landlocked place of origin to the Caribbean islands of her husband--have influenced her work. She also discusses her Sylt poems published in New Letters magazine (Vol. 79, No. 2) that are now included in 2014 Best American Poetry.
Pulitzer Prize winning poet Tyehimba Jess is interviewed by Kansas City's own Poet Laureate of 18th and Vine, Glenn North. Jess reads from his latest book of poetry, Olio...
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