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Poet Philip Schultz: My Dyslexia

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Hour 2

PHILIP SCHULTZ is a famous poet and writer.  This poetry collection Failure won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize.  He founded and directs The Writers Studio in New York and has been teaching creative writing for years.  And yet, Schultz has dyslexia.  In his new memoir, My Dyslexia, Schultz recounts his childhood struggles trying to read.  He was held back grades, put in the “Dummy Class” at school, teased by kids, and ignored by teachers. But as his mother read comic books aloud to him at night, Schultz taught himself how to read and went on to build his life’s work around words and language.  This hour, Philip Schultz talks with Marty about his dyslexia and how it has shaped his life and his poetry.

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