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Al Young

Poetry

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20171229, 20170217

Former California Poet Laureate (2005-2008) Al Young has penned 25 books, won two American Book Awards, and was recently included in The Best American Poetry 2016. In the first half of our conversation, he discusses how his family and childhood in Mississippi shaped some of his writing which includes poetry, memoir, and fiction. He talks about his many inspirations, especially music, and reads from his book Something About the Blues: An Unlikely Collection of PoetryThe second part of this interview as well as programs from 1986 and 1993 with Al Young are available in our Audio Archives.

| Subject Matter: Music, Family, History, Mississippi, Storytelling | Interview Year: 2016 | Genre: Poetry | Awards: California Poet Laureate, American Book Award |

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Kathleen Rooney

Monday, April 23, 2018
Fairway, Kan.

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New Letters & BkMk Press Events at 2018 AWP Conference / Tampa Bookfair Booth 1048

Join us at AWP 2018 in Tampa, Florida, for three events: A tribute to Michelle Boisseau + book signings by Robert Stewart and Mia Leonin.

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Clarion Awards Selection CD Special

Jamaica KincaidJim ShepardGloria Vando & Anika ParisLuis Alberto Urrea, and Alex George, normally $7.99 per episode, this cd collection comes with over $15.00 in savings. Downloads of these programs have been reduced and are available through our archives.