Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20060419
Judy Jordan talks about growing up hardworking and poor in rural North Carolina. She vowed she would never live like her parents, and began taking steps to educate herself. She faced many setbacks, including a period of homelessness, before winning the 2000 National Book Critics Circle Award for her poetry collection, Carolina Ghost Woods. She reads from that and her 2005 book 60 Cent Coffee and a Quarter to Dance.
In part one of this conversation, 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 wh...
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