devorah major Reads Her Poetry and Discusses Her Work
devorah major Poet Laureate, uses the lower case for her name, but makes a powerful impact with her poetry. Born and raised in California, devorah major served as San Francisco Poet Laureate 2002 through 2006. She can be heard reading her poetry and discussing her work with Nina Serrano on KPFA-fm 94.1 on Friday, July 5. 2013 at 3pm on OPEN BOOK: Poet to Poet. The program can be downloaded an hour after broadcast at KPFA.org – under ARCHIVES and then click the date and time.
In addition to being a poet she is a performer, lecturer, fiction and creative non-fiction writer, and editor. A trained actress and former dancer, devorah approaches poetry as both a written and performing art. Hearing her read her poetry in her warm vibrant, expressive voice adds to the experience of the poem.
Daughter of the famed author Clarence Major she was raised amidst lively and profound conversations about literature and particularly Black literature. devorah’s own poetry is noted for its universal concern for all peoples, a special tenderness for the oppressed and its strong opposition to racism and social injustice. Her latest book is a flip book written collaboratively with Opal Palmer Adisa. The two dynamic poets often perform together as Daughters of Yam.
The program is produced by Nina Serrano and Jill Montgomery.