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Elizabeth Hildreth Interviews Ronaldo Wilson

Elizabeth Hildreth, Development Specialist at Switchback, interviewed Ronaldo Wilson and the interview just went up at Bookslut. Ronaldo V. Wilson is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, from University of Pittsburgh Press, and Poems of the Black Object from Futurepoem Books. He has held fellowships at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Vermont Studio Center, Cave Canem, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Yaddo Corporation, and has had four poems nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He teaches creative writing and African American Poetics at Mount Holyoke College. In December 2009, he was interviewed over e-mail about Poems of the Black Object. They discuss, among other things, Notorious B.I.G., New York City in the early '90s, how he earned his early nickname of “Got Rocks,” and why Tony Hoagland’s dirty potato = Ronaldo’s bloody white daddy.

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