Listen to the in-studio reading and interview with writer Darrel Alejandro Holnes, originally aired on April 16, 2017 on Studio A. Holnes is a poet and a playwright from Panama and a professor at NYU and Medgar Evers College. His poems can be found at American Poetry Review, Poetry Magazine, Callaloo, Best American Experimental Writing, and elsewhere in print and online. He is the co-author of PRIME: Poetry & Conversations, and the co-editor of Happiness, The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry in honor of the United Nations International Day of Happiness. He was a recent finalist for the Split This Rock! National Poetry Contest. In addition to his writing, Holnes is also a researcher who conducted ethnographic interviews for the Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston (SKRH) project directed by Dr. Carl Lindahl and Pat Jasper, PhD, in partnership with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the University of Houston. He presented his fieldwork and research for SKRH at the American Folklore Society’s Annual Meeting with the Folklore Studies Association of Canada in Quebec City, Canada. Holnes and members of the SKRH team were featured in TIME Magazine as “Innovative Storytellers” for their work on the project. Holnes then co-produced radio programs, using excerpts of his ethnographic interviews, which aired on NPR affiliate stations throughout the Gulf Coast region. His lively personality and wide range of life experience help to craft his undeniably enthralling poetry.
Sunday, April 16, 2017