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Thursday, April 08, 2010
Chloe Angyal Interviews Alice Walker

Chloe Angyal at Feministing interviewed author Alice Walker about about activism, the struggles of American feminists and her new book: Overcoming Speechlessness: A Poet Encounters the Horror in Rwanda, Eastern Congo, and Palestine/Israel.

Feministing writes: “It would be difficult to overstate the role she has played the American feminist and womanist movements: As the first Black woman to win the Pulitzer and the National Book Award, and author of one of the the most powerful stories in modern American history, Walker is a living legend.”

imageA snippet of the interview is below:

Chloe Angyal: One of the things that American feminists often struggle with is how to balance addressing the enormous needs of women in the developing world with addressing the still quite significant needs of women here at home. How do you reach that balance?

Alice Walker: Well for one thing, I don’t really separate myself as though I’m disconnected from the women who have fewer resources than me. I come from a background of great stress and impoverishment, so any time I’m in any part of the world where people are going through that, I see their struggle as one that they have, and I support them in any way I can, but I understand that it’s theirs. Because it’s a unique situation, wherever it is, their struggle won’t be exactly like mine, and I just say, “OK, yours looks different, it is different, but what can I do, even so?” And usually what I can do is be there, in any way I can, and I can witness. There’s always something.

Read the full interview here.

Walker will be speaking at the 92nd Street Y next Tue, April 13 in a one-on-one discussion with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! A booksigning for Overcoming Speechlessness will follow. Tickets are available here.

As part of National Poetry Month, former U.S. Poet Laureate Louise Glück and exiled Iraqi poet Dunya Mikhai read tonight, April 8. And on Apr 26, poet Terrance Hayes and Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey will read.

Both of these events are just $10 for those aged 35 and under (with ID); see all discounted events for ages 35 and under here.

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