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Interviewed by: Rebekah Presson
Catalog Number: 19951113
Komunyakaa reads from his 1994 Pulitzer Prize-winner, NEON VERNACULAR. He talks about poems that span his experience as an African-American, beginning with his young life in small-town Louisiana and moving to his experience in Vietnam.
Naomi Shihab Nye
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...
Guggenheim fellow Jericho Brown describes the joy he finds in writing poetry and how his work helps him examine his world as a gay black man. He talks about some of his poetic mentors—from Emily Dickinson to Alice Walker—and the lesson...