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Arkansas native C.D. Wright featured in AETN’s next ‘On the Same Page’

Posted 04 Oct 2011

Poet C.D. Wright, a native of Mountain Home, will discuss her latest book, “One With Others: [a little book of her days],” as part of “AETN Presents: On the Same Page” on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Friday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m.

“On the Same Page” is part of AETN Arts Fridays, featuring world class arts and culture programming and locally produced series.

“One with Others” is a mix of poetry and prose in which Wright examines a racist event. The work began as an homage to an anonymous self-taught, literary friend who lived in the Arkansas Delta in the 1960s. Wright was a teenager when she first met the woman and continued to have a relationship with her until she died a few years ago in New York City. The book was nominated for the 2010 National Book Award.

Wright, the Israel J. Kapstein Professor of English at Brown University and a former poet laureate of Rhode Island, has published a dozen books of poetry and prose, including the recent volumes “One Big Self: An Investigation” and “Rising Falling Hovering,” which received the Griffin Poetry Award.

Wright also discusses her work organizing and curating the 1994 “Lost Roads Project: A Walk-in Book of Arkansas,” a multimedia exhibit including letterpress broadsides by Arkansas authors and photographs by Deborah Luster (also a native Arkansan), that traveled the state for two years. The project was awarded funding by the Lila Wallace Readers Digest Foundation and was published in book form, with Wright’s accompanying text, by the University of Arkansas Press. Accompanying it was “The Reader’s Map of Arkansas,” a poster documenting the state’s writers from the Hernando de Soto narratives to post-World War II poets

Tommy Sanders hosts.

Also on Oct. 14, at 9 p.m. will be PBS Arts from Minnesota “The Guthrie Theater Presents H.M.S. Pinafore.” This film from Twin Cities Public Television is a production of the beloved Gilbert and Sullivan classic from the Guthrie Theater and is infused with fresh musical arrangements of Sullivan’s memorable melodies, from big band swing to classic pop. Actor Rainn Wilson hosts.

“AETN Presents: On the Same Page With C.D. Wright” will repeat Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m.

“AETN Presents: On the Same Page” features a variety of regional and national authors, such as McSweeny’s writer Wells Tower, best-selling author Francine Prose, former U.S. Poet Laureates Billy Collins and Ted Kooser, Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet Jo McDougall, O Henry Award winner Kevin Brockmeier and young adult writer Trenton Lee Stewart.

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