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Mia Leonin

Poetry, Essay

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20100101, 20090619

Growing up in small-town Missouri with a single mother, Mia Leonin always thought she was part Filipino, until she discovered her birth father later in life, after her mother had led her to believe he was dead. This is the background for her first book, a coming-of-age story in poetry called Braid. Leonin now lives in Miami where she continues to explore her Cuban roots. She discusses the sound and aural qualities of poetry, and her collaboration with her musician husband, Carlos Ochoa on the CD that is included in her 2008 book, Unraveling the Bed.

| Subject Matter: Family, Music, Cuban | Interview Year: 2009 | Genre: Poetry, Essay |

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