“Writers on Writing” Radio Show with
Dr. Brenda M. Greene, Executive Director
Featured Guest: Gregory Pardlo
Sunday, May 20, 2018, and May 27, 2018
7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Medgar Evers College, CUNY
WNYE 91.5 FM
Dr. Brenda Greene and award-winning poet Gregory Pardlo discuss Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America (Knopf, 2018). Greene and Pardlo discuss the themes in the memoir, which include the father/son relationship, the impact of the 1981 air traffic controllers strike and labor movement, gentrification, alcoholism and drug addiction, and private schooling among others. Pardlo has written a memoir in essays that explores what it is like for a young Black man whose parents came of age in the 1960s, to live as both a privileged and socially conscious young man in America. The book is both a narrative of cultural criticism and a lyrically poetic personal memoir.
About the Author
Gregory Pardlo is the author of Digest (Four Way Books), which won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection, Totem, was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is poetry editor of Virginia Quarterly Review.