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Cave Canem Poet Iain Haley Pollock

August 2, 2011

Hour 2

Poet and teacher IAIN HALEY POLLOCK has won the prestigious 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, a first-book award “dedicated to the discovery of exceptional manuscripts by African American poets.” Pollack’s collection of poetry, “Spit Back a Boy,” includes poems about boyhood, urban violence and living in a racially ambiguous body. He’ll discuss growing up biracial in upstate New York, and teaching 7th and 8th graders in a school where, along with good grammar, the topics of skin privilege and class are part of the classroom discussions.

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