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    • William Heyen: 01-09-1968 

      Heyen, William (1968-02-09)
      Recorded on February 2, 1968 at Potsdam University, William Heyen talks about his inspirations as a poet and writing as a form of perception. He reads the poems “The Fourth Day” and “Depth of Field.”
    • W. S. Merwin: 02-29-1968 

      Merwin, W. S.; Fitz Gerald, Gregory; Heyen, William (1968-02-29)
      Merwin discusses his changing poetic style, saying that he never stays excited about any style for very long, and that he now wants to write about direct experiences. He talks about the gradual abandonment of punctuation ...
    • John Hollander: 02-13-1969 

      Hollander, John (1969-02-13)
      The poet John Hollander discusses his work in an interview recorded February 13, 1969.
    • Ernest Gaines: 02-27-1969 

      Gaines, Ernest; Fitz Gerald, Gregory; Marchant, Peter (1969-02-27)
      In an interview recorded on February 27, 1969, Ernest Gaines discusses Tolstoy, Chekhov, Turgenev, Faulkner, and Joyce; his childhood in Louisiana, and how the state has changed and not changed; jazz; H. Rap Brown; and ...
    • Richard Wilbur: 03-13-1969 

      Wilbur, Richard P.; Fitz Gerald, Gregory; Heyen, William (1969-03-13)
      In an interview recorded March 13, 1969, Richard Wilbur discusses oratorical qualities in American poetry. Wilbur cites Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" and three political works of his own to compare, as interviewer Wiliam Heyen ...
    • Robert Bly: 3/11/1970 

      Bly, Robert (1970-03-11)
    • William Demby: 10-07-1971 

      Demby, William; Marchant, Peter; Ryan, Pat M. (1971-10-06)
      In an interview recorded on October 17, 1971, William Demby discusses his novels Beetlecreek and The Catacombs; Rome in the 1960s; the problem of defining what a Black writer is; and traveling between Italy and the United States.
    • Robert Bly: 12/1/1971 

      Bly, Robert (1971-12-01)
      Poet Robert Bly reads from a selection of his poems against the Vietnam War, including “Counting Small Bodies”, followed by an interview and discussion about his poetry and his feelings about the war. There are also some ...
    • Nadine Gordimer: 02-22-1972 

      Gordimer, Nadine (1972-02-22)
      Nadine Gordimer, winner of the 1991 Nobel Prize for literature, discusses her work in an interview recorded February 22, 1972.
    • Isaac Bashevis Singer: 10-12-1972 

      Singer, Isaac Bashevis; Rubin, Stan Sanvel; Marchant, Peter (1972-10-12)
      In an interview recorded on October 12, 1972, Isaac Bashevis Singer discusses talent, passion, and creativity. He refers to his lecture “Old Truths and New Clichés" and discusses art as a means for people to escape their ...
    • John Ashbery: 11-27-1972 

      Ashbery, John; Poulin, Alfred A. (1972-11-27)
      The poet, editor and art critic John Ashbery begins the interview by reading his poem “Leaving the Atocha Station.” He briefly discusses this poem, and then talks about when he first began writing poetry and influences on ...
    • Anne Sexton: 09-10-1973 

      Sexton, Anne; Heyen, William; Poulin, Al (1973-09-10)
      Sexton talks about her designation as a "confessional poet" and the shifts in the themes of her poems through the years. She says that she writes what she wants and has to write, but that she often uses other people's ...
    • Allen Ginsberg: 10-19-1972 

      Ginsberg, Allen; Heyen, William; DeLoach, Allen (1973-10-19)
      Allen Ginsberg plays the harmonium, discusses rhythm and breath, and sings William Blake's poem "The Lamb."
    • Adrienne Rich: 11-13-1973 

      Rich, Adrienne (1973-11-13)
      The poet Adrienne Rich discusses her work in an interview conducted November 13, 1973 on the Brockport campus.
    • Erica Jong : 04-04-1974 

      Jong, Erica; Searle, Leroy; Rubin, Stanley Sanvel (1974-04-04)
      In an interview recorded April 4, 1974, Erica Jong reads two poems, "Becoming a Nun" and "Man on the Moon"; discusses her training as a writer, and women's sexual repression and struggle for equal rights; and reads from ...
    • Ishmael Reed: 05-01-1974 

      Reed, Ishmael; Rubin, Stan Sanvel; Venick, Kenneth Robert (1974-05-01)
      In an interview recorded on May 1, 1974, Ishmael Reed discusses neo-hoodooism and reads from his novel Mumbo-Jumbo. He describes growing up in Chattanooga and Buffalo and why he left New York City. He reads his poems "The ...
    • Robert Hayden: 03-03-1975 

      Hayden, Robert; Poulin, Al (1975-03-03)
      Hayden talks about being a poor teenager in Detroit trying to write poems like Cullen and Hughes and about his later shift away from specifically African American themes. He sees a parallel between his life and Yeats's ...
    • Lucien Stryk: 09-16-1976 

      Stryk, Lucien (1976-09-16)
      In a conversation recorded September 16th, 1976, Lucien Stryk describes his time in Japan and Italy and his interest in Buddhist poetry. Poems read include "Hearn in Matsue," "To a Japanese Poet," and "Burning Oneself to Death."
    • Isaac Asimov: 10-20-1976 

      Asimov, Isaac; Fitz Gerald, Gregory; Duberman, Joshua; Wolf, Jack C. (1976-10-20)
      The science fiction writer Dr. Isaac Asimov begins the interview by reading “Insert Knob A in Hole B” from his anthology Nightfall and Other Stories. He continues the interview by discussing sociological aspects of science ...
    • John Barth: 12-09-1976 

      Barth, John; Rubin, Stanley Sanvel; Parshall, Rodney (1976-12-09)
      Barth talks about three things: the teaching of creative writing, the hero quest theme in his novels, and the forms of fiction writing. He likes creative writing programs, but recognizes that not every writer is suited to ...