Ala. Arts Radio Series: Poet Jake Adam York
Jake Adam York
Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers Forum. interviews Jake Adam York, featured poet at the 6th Annual Alabama Book Festival. Thompson talks with York about his open project of poems memorializing murdered civil rights workers, inspired when he visited the newly installed Civil Rights Memorial at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery. His multi-book sequence began in his collection Murder Ballads, winner of the 2005 Elixir Press Prize in Poetry, continues in A Murmuration of Starlings (2008), which won the 2009 Colorado Book Award in Poetry, and extends into his most recent work, Persons Unknown (2010).
Originally from Alabama, York is Associate Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Colorado Denver, where he co-edits Copper Nickel. This year he is Visiting Faculty Fellow at Emory Universitys James Weldon Johnson Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Study, where he will work on a book about contemporary art and the Civil Rights Movement.
This special radio series will air every Sunday at 5:00 P.M. - 5:30 P.M., on the Troy University Public Radio Network at:
- WTSU 89.9 (Montgomery and Troy)
- WRWA 88.7 (Dothan)
- WTJB 91.7 (Columbus and Phenix City)
This radio series may not be broadcast in your area, but it can be accessed via the Internet at: http://www.arts.state.al.us/actc/1/radioseries.html#york3
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