March 6, 2017
INTERNATIONAL THE BRIDGE BOOK AWARD: Interview to Margo Jefferson
“The Poet and the Poem” from the Library of Congress records Margo Jefferson on podcast for immediate access and circulation; and via public radio for a series broadcast to public radio. Listen the interview here
Margo Jefferson, winner of the American Initiative for Italian Culture International Bridge Award, reads from her prize winning Memoir, NEGROLAND.
Grace Cavalieri, founder/producer of “The Poet and the Poem, interviews Margo Jefferson creating a portrait of the author and of her work.
Margo Jefferson was born in Chicago in 1947. Jefferson received her Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University, where she graduated cum laude, and her M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She became an associate editor at Newsweek in 1973 and stayed at the magazine until 1978. She then served as an assistant professor at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at New York University from 1979 to 1983 and from 1989 to 1991. Since then she has taught at the Columbia University School of the Arts, where she is now Professor of Professional Practice in Writing. She joined the Times in 1993, initially as a book reviewer, then went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.
She was for many years a theatre critic at the New York Times.
She is winner of the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award (Authobiography) for her memoir Negroland. A Memoir (Pantheon.2015) and the American Initiative for Italian Culture’s International Bridge Award in 2016 for Non Fiction.
Grace Cavalieri is founder/producer of “The Poet and the Poem,” for Public Radio; she records now from the Library of Congress. She celebrates 40 years on-air, 2017. She’s the author of 19 books and chapbooks of poetry and several produced plays. Cavalieri’s awards include the CPB Silver Medal, AWP’s George Garrett Award; and the Columbia Award (for Service to Literature.), Bordighera and Paterson Awards and 2 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland.