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Grace Interviews Significant Poets

Grace Cavalieri has conducted interviews with more than 2,000 poets including America's premier writers; among them, some due significant mention. It is an honor to make these transcriptions available for your reading. Please contact Grace for permission to quote or abstract. Credit information will be provided.


Lucille Clifton
Lucille Clifton was born in Depew, New York.  She attended Howard University, and State University of NewYork, Fredonia, Author of some eleven books of poetry. ...

Lucille Clifton
Lucille Clifton was born in Depew, New York, on June 27, 1936. Her first book of poems, Good Times, was rated one of the best books of the year by the New York Time. During a rich career, she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She served as Poet Laureate for the State of Maryland and Distinguished Professor of Humanities at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Lucille Clifton died on February 13, 2010, at the age of 73. ...

Mark Doty is one of America’s most beloved poets. He’s written 12 books of poetry, 3 memoirs, among other writings. He holds the National Book Critics Award, the LA Times Award, Britain’s T S Eliot Prize, The Lambda Literary Award, Bingham Poetry Prize, Whiting Writers Prize, NEA and Guggenheim fellowships. He was finalist for the National Book Award plus other honors. Mark’s recent book is FIRE TO FIRE: New and Selected Poems, HarperCollins, 2008. …

Stanley Plumly
Grace Cavalieri interviews Stanley Plumly and presents readings from his work. This program was recorded at the Library of Congress and distributed via NPR satellite to public radio stations, February 2005. Stanley Plumly has been honored with the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, and the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. His work has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is Distinguished University Professor, and Professor of English at the University of Maryland. ...

Vivian Shipley
Grace Cavalieri interviews award winning poet Vivian Shipley, author of twelve books, who holds, among other honors, the 2004 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. Our guest is from Connecticut, Vivian Shipley. ...

Ron Silliman
Grace Cavalieri interviews Ron Sillman, one of America’s most exciting/ intelligent poet/critics. He has written and edited 31 books to date. For 25 years Silliman wrote a single poem, entitled The Alphabet.(1979-2004.) His present poem is entitled Universe. Silliman sees his poetry as being part of a lifework, which he calls Ketjak. Ron Silliman's blog is a culturally significant English-language blog of contemporary poetry and poetics By 2008, the site had logged 1,500,000 visitors. Silliman was born in Pasco WA, and attended San Francisco State University and the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught at San Francisco State University, the University of California at San Diego, New College of California, Naropa University and Brown University. Silliman is a literary activist who has also been a political organizer, lobbyist, ethnographer and newspaper editor, Ron has received several honors including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Arts Council and the Pew Charitable Trusts. He is a market analyst in the computer industry. After living for 40 years in the Bay area, he now lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and children. …