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WORDS ON A WIRE: Laurie Ann Guerrero

A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying

Daniel & Ben talk with Laurie Ann Guerrero, author of "A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying," winner of the 2012 Andres Montoya Poetry Prize.  Guerrero talks about the overwhelming feeling of winning the prize for a book that took over 10 years to write.  Guerrero, who is also a CantoMundo Fellow, talks about why she felt like an outsider when getting her MFA, but instantly felt a sense of familia, support, and freedom when she attended a CantoMundo workshop (http://www.cantomundo.org/).  Many of Guerrero's poems focus on food and the violence that often accompanies the preparation of food, and she explains why her background has everything to do with the inspiration behind her poems.

For this week's Poem of the Week, Laurie Ann Guerrero reads "When I Made Eggs This Morning" from her collection "A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying."


Aired June 23, 2013.