Poets Dolores Kendrick and Evie Shockley celebrate the birthday of American poet Langston Hughes by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing. Speaker Biography: Dolores Kendrick is poet laureate of the District of Columbia. She is the author of the award-winning "The Women of Plums: Poems in the Voices of Slave Women," as well as "Why the Woman Is Singing on the Corner: A Verse Narrative," a collection of poems on homeless women. Kendrick has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the George Kent Award for Literature; she is the first Vira I. Heinz professor emerita at Phillips Exeter Academy. Speaker Biography: Evie Shockley is the author of two books of poetry, "the new black" and "a half-red sea" (Carolina Wren Press, 2006), and two chapbooks, "31 words * prose poems" and "The Gorgon Goddess." For captions, transcript, and more information visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=5448.
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