Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20080215
The late Melvin B. Tolson (1898-1966) was a poet and educator, who has re-emerged in the public consciousness with the recent film, The Great Debaters. Author of A Gallery of Harlem Portraits, Tolson hailed from Kansas City, Missouri, where part of his family still resides, including a younger cousin, Bonnie Tolson, who is a painter and poet in her own right. She responds to some recordings of Tolson reading his poetry. We’ll also hear some comments by his biographer, Robert Farnsworth.
Poet Susan Aizenberg discusses the use of fiction within poetry, admitting that she draws from real life, but notes that there is a distinction between truth and fact. Recently retired from teaching at Creighton University, she reads from her thir...
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