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Charles Wright Can’t Tell Stories (According to Charles Wright)

Did you know that poet Charles Wright was never officially admitted to the Iowa Writer’s Workshop? Or that despite the fact that he was born in Tennessee and went to college at Davidson, he considers himself a Southern writer only by association, because he believes he isn’t a good storyteller?

Vox Populi, Georgetown University’s “Blog of Record,” interviewed Charles Wright recently in anticipation of Wright’s reading on campus earlier this week. Read the full interview here.

Charles Wright won the National Book Award in 1983 for Country Music: Selected Early Poems and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for Black Zodiac. He is now a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets and Souder Family Professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.