Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 19990929
Anthony Butts’ first book, a collection of poetry called Fifth Season, won the Small Press Book Award, as well as the Publisher’s Marketing Association’s Benjamin Franklin Award. Highly personal, the poetry gives insight into his childhood in Detroit’s inner city, where he was educated in classes for the mentally impaired until he entered high school. Legally blind, he went on to earn his Ph.D. in literature, and has incorporated his love of mythology and stories into his book of poetry, making it much more than an account of survival.
Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, whose numerous books of poetry, essays and stories have delighted children and adults alike, reads her poem "Famous" that was recently turned into picture book and discusses what inspired her exploration of the...
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