Spring 1994 • Vol. XVI No. 2 InterviewApril 1, 1994 |

We Are, in Fact, a Civilization: An Interview with Reginald McKnight

Reginald McKnight's three books include Moustapha's Eclipse (winner of the 1988 Drue Heinz Literature Prize), I Get on the Bus, and The Kind of Light That Shines on Texas. He is the recipient of the Bernice M. Slote Award from Prairie Schooner, a 1991 National Endowment of the Arts Grant for Literature, an O. Henry Award, and the Kenyon Review New Fiction Prize for the story "The Kind of Light That Shines on Texas." He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and teaches at Carnegie Mellon University. WW: You left the University of Pittsburgh because of racism. Could you discuss what happened to prompt your leaving? RM: Basically, a friend of mine told me about a party that had gone on while I was out of town. A bunch of colleagues of mine were at one of my colleague's homes for a party that was thrown for a particular writer whose book had just come out. They were sitting around watching the Goodwill games, watching a boxing match, and one of the writers turned to the other a

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William Walsh, the author of six books, is the director of the Etowah Valley low-residency MFA program at Reinhardt University. His collection of poems, Fly Fishing in Times Square, recently won the Editor’s Book Prize at Červená Barva Press. His interviews with Rita Dove, Eamon Grennan, and Ursula Le Guin appeared in past issues of the Kenyon Review. Since 1980, he has resided in Atlanta but plans on moving to Ireland or Colorado, depending upon traffic.

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