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'I Was Only Trying To Be A Poet': 'The Perseverance' With Raymond Antrobus

Raymond Antrobus
Raymond Antrobus

This week, join Lauren Korn in a conversation with poet Raymond Antrobus, whose collection The Perseverance examines his D/deaf experience alongside meditations on loss, grief, education and language — both spoken and signed.

About Raymond: Raymond Antrobus FRSL was born in London to an English mother and Jamaican father. He was awarded the 2017 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize (judged by Ocean Vuong), as well as the 2019 Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award.

His second full-length collection of poems, All The Names Given, is forthcoming from Tin House and Picador in 2021. Raymond is currently based in Oklahoma City.

Lauren Korn recommends:

Inventions in Sound hosted by Raymond Antrobus (BBC Online)

Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky (Graywolf Press)

Lauren R. Korn holds an M.A. in poetry from the University of New Brunswick, where she was the recipient of the Tom Riesterer Memorial Prize and the Angela Ludan Levine Memorial Book Prize. A former bookseller and the former Director of the Montana Book Festival, she is now an Arts and Culture Producer at Montana Public Radio and the host of it’s literature-based radio program and podcast, ‘The Write Question.’
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