Rosanne Cash and Natasha Trethewey at the Library of Congress, December 7, 2013. Library of Congress photo.
Today marks the half-way point for our poetry podcast series, From the Catbird Seat. Tune in now for Episode 4!
In this newest installment of From the Catbird Seat, Rob Casper chats with former Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey about her 2013 event at the Library with singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash. At the time, Cash was completing a three-day special residency at the Library of Congress. After two nights of concerts in the Coolidge Auditorium, she ended her residency in a more intimate setting: She joined Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey in a conversation about the power of lyric language, the intersections of songwriting and poetry, and the artistic influences of their fathers—Johnny Cash and Eric Trethewey—as practitioners of their art.
Listen in on a behind-the-scenes interview with Natasha Trethewey, who not only reflects on that conversation with Rosanne Cash, but also elaborates on the importance of putting poetry in conversation with other art forms. Then, we’ll listen to a segment of the 2013 event.
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