Geoffrey Brock and Padma ViswanathanPoetry, Fiction
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20171027, 20160520
In the first half of this conversation with novelist Padma Viswanathan (shown) and poet Geoffrey Brock, the husband and wife writing duo reveal how they balance their writing careers and family life. Brock reads one of his wife's favorite poems from his Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize-winning collection, Voices Bright Flags, while Viswanathan shares pieces from her novels The of Toss of a Lemon and The Ever After of Ashwin Rao and explains the large role that research has played in her writing. She also discusses how her early career as a playwright influenced her fiction and the structure of her novels. A 2017 recipient of the Porter Fund Literary Prize, Viswanathan's translation of the novel St. Bernardo, by the late Brazilian writer Graciliano Ramos, is forthcoming from New York Review Books. This program also includes a poem from Geoffrey's father, the late Van K. Brock, from his 2005 reading at The Writers Place in Kansas City. The second half of this interview is 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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