Event Title

Panel

Presenter Information

Gordon Henry Jr.
Yusef Komunyakaa

Location

UND Memorial Ballroom

Start Date

25-3-1995 12:00 PM

End Date

25-3-1995 1:00 PM

Description

In this 26th annual UND Writers Conference: “States of the Art” recorded panel moderated by James McKenzie from March 24, 1995, Gordon Henry and Yusef Komunyakaa discuss how they came to be writers, how they enter traditions of storytelling, and how stories of others are collected in poems and fiction. They answer questions regarding appropriation of stories, the writing process, and the influence they find in other writers. They also discuss the overlap between fiction and reality, exploring how real people become fictional characters and how good writing serves as a reflection of reality. Komunyakaa reads “Venus'-flytraps” to demonstrate how his personal history manifests into language. Henry and Komunyakaa close with a discussion of the future of poetry through small presses and popular music.

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UND Memorial Ballroom

In this 26th annual UND Writers Conference: “States of the Art” recorded panel moderated by James McKenzie from March 24, 1995, Gordon Henry and Yusef Komunyakaa discuss how they came to be writers, how they enter traditions of storytelling, and how stories of others are collected in poems and fiction. They answer questions regarding appropriation of stories, the writing process, and the influence they find in other writers. They also discuss the overlap between fiction and reality, exploring how real people become fictional characters and how good writing serves as a reflection of reality. Komunyakaa reads “Venus'-flytraps” to demonstrate how his personal history manifests into language. Henry and Komunyakaa close with a discussion of the future of poetry through small presses and popular music.