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Tag Archives: 2004

“Poetry Is An Island” Documentary Hits The Mark On Derek Walcott And His Beloved St. Lucia

The melodic beckoning of Caribbean steel-pan drum greeted guests at the Midwestern premier of Dutch filmmaker Ida Does' Derek Walcott documentary, "Poetry Is An Island." The title, and inspiration for the film, came from Walcott's acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. A dozen years later, Walcott won an Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement award. Karamu House actor Cornell Calhoun III brings Derek Walcott's "Dream on Monkey Mountain" to life at the recent screening of "Poetry Is An Island." Photo credit | Frank Mixson Jointly hosted by the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards and Karamu House, the afternoon began with Karamu actors staging a powerful 15-minute excerpt from Walcott's 1970 play, "Dream on Monkey Mountain." Karamu last produced the drama in 2006, when it was... Read More →

Derek Walcott Documentary, “Poetry Is An Island,” To Premiere At Karamu House

Nobel laureate Derek Walcott in his home in St. Lucia "Poetry Is An Island," the new film directed by Dutch filmmaker Ida Does, presents poet and playwright Derek Walcott in his element: his home island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean. Place has proved central to the Nobel Laureate in his writings about the island, colonialism and beauty.  He won a Lifetime Achievement Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 2004. "I wanted to feel and smell St. Lucia in the same palpable way that I experience Walcott’s poetry," Does said in a recent interview. "When I was there, it felt like I could literally touch Derek’s work, the heart of it." After an early screening, Walcott, 84, praised Does for doing a "beautiful and gentle job" with the film.    Now Northeast Ohioans can see for themselves... Read More →

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc: “Stories Are Everywhere”

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc ...If you know where to look.  We enjoy getting writing advice from our winners because they're so impossibly good at telling stories. Whether the story is about a 13-year-old girl winning a spelling bee or a look at three Southerners who tried to reinvent themselves in the unfamiliar North, telling a compelling story is the focus.  2004 nonfiction winner Adrian Nicole LeBlanc knows her way around a good story. She was honored for her 2003 work "Random Family," a look at the decade-long immersion she spent tracing the lives of one Bronx family. Adapted from a presentation she gave at the Conference on Narrative Journalism, here's her technique for finding stories worth writing:  I like to insert myself in situations – identified as a journalist but not necessarily working on a... Read More →

Who’s Been Called The “Tiger Woods Of American Literature”?

2004 winner Edward P. Jones is a skilled writer. That seems to be understood quite well by all who have had the pleasure of reading one of his stories. We here at Anisfield-Wolf have said of his 2004 novel, The Known World, "Impossible to rush through, The Known World is a complex, beautifully written novel with a large cast of characters, rewarding the patient reader with unexpected connections, some reaching into the present day."  We'd say that's some pretty good praise. In this interview with the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, Jones is asked how he feels about being dubbed the "Tiger Woods of American Literature" and his own writing process. Enjoy.  Have you read The Known World? What did you think?  Read More →

VIDEO: What Was Life Like On The Eve Of The Civil War?

Ira Berlin     We tend to have a lot of historians on our winners list. They're the people who can take what we've learned in history class and add life to it, making it relevant to our future. 2004 winner Ira Berlin is tops among those who can make you care and make you think. In this series of videos from PBS, Berlin discusses the state of American on the eve of the Civil War. Perfect for history buffs and lovers of American culture alike.    Read More →
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