Willis and Aliki BarnstonePoetry
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20160715, 20120601, 20110617
Father/daughter poets Willis Barnstone and Aliki Barnstone, regular contributors to New Letters magazine, talk about how they influence each other's work. Aliki, who was named the Missouri Poet Laureate in June 2016, had her first book published before her father's, when she was just twelve years old. Now, his books of poetry and translations far outnumber hers. They read one of their earliest collaborations, published in New Letters in 1977, and Aliki reads from the book, Bright Body, and her collection of new and selected poems, Dear God, Dear Dr. Heartbreak, while Willis reads from Life Watch and one of his 501 Sonnets from The Secret Reader. Visit our Audio Archives to hear more with Willis Barnstone in a 1989 interview or listen to more poetry by Aliki Barnstone in a 2012 special Midwest Poets Series: Missouri Poets program.
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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