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Episode 39: Toi Derricotte

Episode Summary

Los Angeles Poet Laureate Lynne Thompson reads Toi Derricotte's poem "Christmas Eve: My Mother Dressing."

Participant(s) Bio

Poet Toi Derricotte was born in Hamtramck, Michigan, and received her B.A. from Wayne State University and an M.A. in English Literature from New York University. Her books of poetry include The Empress of the Death House (1978), a collection that draws on her early experiences at her grandparents’ funeral home in Detroit, Natural Birth (1983), Captivity (1989), Tender (1997), winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize, and The Undertaker’s Daughter (2011). She has also published a collection of prose, The Black Notebooks (1997), which won the Annisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-Fiction.