For this month's Readers' Review: "Drown" -- the debut collection of short stories by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Diaz. Twenty years ago, Diaz published ten heart-breaking tales about a fragmented family from the Dominican Republic finding their way in 1980s America.
In honor of National Poetry Month (April), Diane and her guests discussed their favorite poems. They used the book “How To Read A Poem: And Fall In Love With Poetry” as a guide, but listeners shared favorite poems as well.
- Linda Pastan author of 11 volumes of poetry, most recently "Carnival Evening: New and Selected Poems 1968-1998" and "The Last Uncle." She was Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1991 to 1995 and was on the staff of the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference for 20 years. Her upcoming book is called "Queen of a Rainy Country" (Norton October 2006).
- Edward Hirsch author of six books of poems and three books of prose, including the recent "Poet's Choice" (Harcourt). He has received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Prix de Rome, and a MacArthur Fellowship, and is president of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
- E. Ethelbert Miller poet; director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University, Board Chair of the Institute for Policy Study. And author of the forthcoming book "On Saturdays I Santana With You."
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