*Originally released March 2018
What if the ancestors spoke to you and it came out as poetry?
In this episode, Lissa Jones talks with writer and educator Mary Moore Easter about history, family, poetry, and her newly published poetry collection titled The Body of the World (Mad Hat Press). They also discuss the Cave Canem Foundation, an organization committed to supporting and developing black poets, and the necessity and benefit of creating spaces for black artists to grow and collaborate.
In this episode, Lissa Jones talks with writer Mary Moore Easter about history, family, poetry, and her newly published poetry collection titled The Body of the World (Mad Hat Press). Copies of The Body of the World can be purchased here: https://madhat-press.com/collections/our-books/products/the-body-of-the-world-by-mary-moore-easter
Go Deeper: Additional Materials
Read: Explore the work of National Book Award winning poet Nikky Finney
Poet Nikky Finney was born in 1957 in South Carolina. The daughter of a lawyer and teacher, Finney’s parents were both active in the Civil Rights movement and her childhood was shaped by the turmoil and unrest of the South in the 1960s and ’70s.
Learn more about the Cave Canem Foundation:
Cave Canem’s Poets Tour provides opportunities for Cave Canem fellows to share their work with diverse audiences and help sustain the nation’s premier home for
Watch: An excerpt of Undine Smith Moore’s (Mary Moore Easter’s mother) seminal work ‘Scenes from the Life of a Martyr’ performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra