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Tuesday, February 01, 2011
92Y Video: Maxine Hong Kingston and Leslie Marmon Silko at the 92nd Street Y

In the 1980s, Maxine Hong Kingston and Leslie Marmon Silko traveled through China together. They reunited at the 92nd Street Y Poetry Center last night to read from their new memoirs, I Love a Broad Margin to My Life (Kingston) and The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir (Silko).

At the end of their readings they authors participated in a Q&A. One question asked, seen above near the end of the clip, asked: “What advice do you have for future English teachers about teaching literature, especially poetry. Whose books should we ask our students to read?” To which Leslie Marmon Silko cautiously responded, in part: “First of all, we should throw out, well not exactly throw out, move to the side, all of the, all of our most beloved, the old uh, you know, the old guys, yah, the canon.” Maxine Hong Kingston concurred.

And what about you? What advice do *you* have for English teachers about teaching literature? Whose books should we ask our students to read? Please let us know in the comments!

See all upcoming readings in the Main Reading Series.

Unterberg Poetry Center webcasts and access to our archive are made possible in part by the generous support of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.

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