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 Poetry. The second part of this interview as well as programs from 1986 and 1993 with Al Young are 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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