Writing the American Story

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When asked to describe herself, poet C.D. Wright looks to the women of her native Ozarks: bony but strong as a weed, armed with a brutal honesty, and a humor that borders on the grotesque. From the beginning, Wright has set out to write the American landscape — be it the serene, rolling hills and back country creeks of Arkansas or the dehumanizing inside of Louisiana prisons. Armed with a recent MacArthur “genius” award, Wright is hoping to shake Americans out of their everyday routines of carpools and paying bills and television, to give a little more time to creativity and to reflection.


CD Wright, poet, writer and winner of a recent MacArthur Award