A special treat for educators and students: "Accents" is now animated. (Watch here)
Thanks to Sarah Kay and TED-Ed for including this as part of the "There's a Poem for That" series, which creates animated interpretations of poems both old and new that give us language for some of life's biggest feelings.
Big thanks to animator, Robertino Zambrano for his incredible work; it's exciting to see this poem live in a new way. I hope this video is useful for your classrooms, there's also a short interview at the end.
Here's a snippet:
"I wanted to write my mother out of the shame that didn't belong to her. I wanted to write her into a power that she possesses. And I wanted to subvert the hierarchies of language that puts English at the top and every other language at the bottom."
I was happy to join NPR’s Code Switch Live at The Apollo where I shared a few poems and gave an interview with hosts Gene and Shereen on everything from how I started writing, to growing up playing basketball in NYC, to the current humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. The episode features: Ashley Nicole Black, Marcus Samuelson, and Bobby Sanabria.
Listen here, also available on Spotify.
Podcast Date: November 21, 2018.
A few months ago, The Met commissioned me to write seven original poems inspired by 18th century composer, Joseph Haydn's, "Seven Last Words." The poems wrestled with our current political movement, and the fundamental question of who "belongs" in America. The project was a collaboration with the award-winning, Aizuri Quartet, and culminated in a live performance.