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episode 64 - Gerald Stern - part 01

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Published on Jun 15, 2011

The recipient of numerous major American poetry awards, including the National Book Award, a fellowship from The Academy of Arts and Letters, the Ruth Lilly Prize, and now a chancellorship from the Academy of American Poets, Gerald Stern has taught at many universities and at The Iowa Writers Workshop until his retirement. Stern reads several poems from his 2008 collection Save the Last Dance, explaining their literary and autobiographical references. Stern asserts that he often writes from his own subconscious; he begins with whatever situation he is in and associates freely from there. At one point in the interview, Stern reads one of his most widely anthologized poems, "The Dancing," and discusses how readers have responded to it. Age 83 at the time of this interview, Stern observes that he is as active as ever, reading, writing, traveling, and giving readings.

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