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Sherwin Bitsui

Poetry

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20121102, 20120518

Winner of the 2010 American Book Award and the PEN Open Book Award, poet Sherwin Bitsui reads from his collection, Flood Song. Bitsui also discusses his 2003 book of poetry, Shape Shift, which explores various kinds of "border-crossings." The poet grew up on a Navajo reservation in northern Arizona and says his poetry reflects his connection to nature and ancient traditions but also examines the dichotomy of living in two different worlds with shifting senses of time, language, and culture. Bitsui is also a visual artist and talks about how his paintings, photography, and the intense imagery of his childhood landscapes inform his art.

| Subject Matter: Native American, Language, Culture, Tradition | Interview Year: 2012 | Genre: Poetry | Awards: PEN Open Book Award |

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