Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20131129, 20110610
The former Poet Laureate of Missouri, David Clewell, has only ever wanted to be a poet--not a novelist, or an essayist, or any other kind of writer. However, he is a proponent of creating characters, fictionalizing people from his life-- the girl who got away, the conspiracy theory-loving Uncle Bud, or the father, angry with Orson Welles for getting the best of him. In this program, David Clewell reads from his two books, the 2011 collection, Taken Somehow By Surprise, and his 2003, The Low End of Higher Things. He talks about his interest in intertwining high and low culture, and his role as his state’s poetry overlord. Clewell also had three poems published in a 2013 issue of New Letters magazine.
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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