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On Speculative Poetry and the Human Myth with Akua Lezli Hope

Smaller Narratives for a Larger World
Smaller Narratives for a Larger World
On Speculative Poetry and the Human Myth with Akua Lezli Hope
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“My day is lit again, forever, because I’m reminded of what exists beyond the limitations of the vessel in which I exist. Somehow, my mind can engage it and envision it and words make that happen.”

In this episode, Akua and Cole chat about speculative poetry, paper making, Star Trek, and much more. Akua articulates an intimacy and fascination with the more-than-human world and explains the origins of her artistry. You can find Otherwheres, Akua’s most recent chapbook and the winner of the 2021 Elgin Award, and more on her website.

A third-generation New Yorker, firstborn, Akua Lezli Hope has won two Artists Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Ragdale U.S.-Africa Fellowship, and a Creative Writing Fellowship from The National Endowment for The Arts. She’s won scholarships for the Hurston Wright writers’ program and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. A Cave Canem fellow, she has been in print since 1974 with over 400 poems published.

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