December 14, 2018KR Podcast

KR Podcast with Afaa Michael Weaver

Afaa Michael Weaver is interviewed by his writers workshop fellow Alexandra Barylski. They talk about being cultural stewards, staying grounded amidst the machinery of getting attention, and viewing the writing workshop as meditation.

Afaa Michael Weaver’s (formerly Michael S. Weaver) fifteenth collection of poetry is Spirit Boxing (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017). From 1985 to 1987, he did his graduate work in creative writing at Brown University. He has had plays produced, and as a translator, he works with contemporary Chinese poetry. His awards include an NEA Fellowship, a Fulbright appointment to teach at National Taiwan University, four Pushcart prizes, the Kingsley Tufts award, and the Phyllis Wheatley award. In 2005 he received the gold friendship medal from the Beijing Writers Association, and in 2017 he was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry. Afaa retired from full time teaching in 2017, and is now a member of the core faculty in the MFA program at Drew University. He lives in Pleasant Valley, New York, with his family.

Alexandra Barylski is the managing editor of Marginalia Review of Books, an educator, and the author of the chapbook Imprecise Perishing (Finishing Line Press, 2017). Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in Chariton Review, Ninth Letter, Ruminate Magazine, Phoebe, Minerva Rising, Ithaca Lit, and elsewhere. She won the 2015 Morton Marcus Poetry Prize. She was a finalist for the 2017 Fairy Tale Review Poetry Prize, the Yemassee Journal Poetry Prize, and the New South Poetry Prize. She began Yale Divinity School in 2018.