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Morning Edition's Poetry Olympiad

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Jul 27, 2012 12:45 PM

Poets representing five corners of the globe are hard at work. You are invited to listen to each poem and vote for which Olmpiad poet should receive the laurel crown. You can hear the poems on Morning Edition beginning Monday, July 30th. Voting begins Friday, August 3rd, and runs through Tuesday, August 7th. The winner will be announced on Morning Edition, Friday, August 10th.

Meet the Competitors:

Kazim Ali, representing Team USA  -  Kazim Ali is an Muslim-American poet and novelist of Indian descent, whose work has been featured in Best American Poetry and the American Poetry Review. He teaches at Oberlin College.

Ales Steger, representing Europe - Surprise is a hallmark of Slovenian poet Ales Steger's work. He's been called "one of Central Europe's most essential literary figures" and writes both in English and Lithuanian, with translation by fellow poet Brian Henry.

Mbali Vilakazi, representing Africa - Mbali Vilakazi is an emerging voice in the South African literary scene and hosted a national youth talk radio program on South African radio. Her poem "Is There a Xhosa Word for Climate Change?" was featured in performance at the climate change conference in Durban in December.

Monica de la Torre will carry the torch for Latin America - Monica de la Torre hails from Mexico and is the author of three renowned collections of poems. She's a former Fulbright scholar and is the editor of BOMB magazine.

Representing both Asia & Australia, Ouyang Yu - Prolific poet, novelist, and editor Ouyang Yu immigrated to Australia from China in 1991 and is now considered one of Australia's great poets. He edits a bilingual English-Chinese literary magazine and was named one of Melbourne's top 100 most influential people in 2011.


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