At the start of this year, Jericho Brown addressed the graduates of the Bennington Writing Seminars Class of January 2020.
He said, “If you can’t imagine these last few days without trees, I know you can’t imagine life without poetry. Literature fills needs we did not know we had. Poems and stories plant seeds for things we did not know we needed.”
Jericho Brown is this year’s Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry for his book The Tradition, a collection of poetry questioning why and how we’ve become accustomed to violence and trauma.
This hour, Jericho Brown joins us to discuss his work, and advice for new poets.
- Jericho Brown - Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Tradition, and director of the Creative Writing Program and a professor at Emory University (@JerichoBrown)
Cat Pastor contributed to this show, which originally aired May 8, 2020.