Confronting the Warpland

Black poets of Chicago: a radio documentary.

by Ed Herrmann


"Confronting the Warpland: Black Poets of Chicago" is a one-hour radio documentary presenting African American poets who have found influence and inspiration living in Chicago. Beginning with the Great Migration of the early 20th century when millions of African Americans came from the South to the urban North, the program examines the ways in which black poets have chronicled Chicago’s complex history through poetry and continue to do so today. The documentary features poets Gwendolyn Brooks, Tyehimba Jess, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Haki Madhubuti, Sterling Plumpp, and Margaret Walker in interviews, readings, and archival recordings.

"Confronting the Warpland: Black Poets of Chicago" is a production of the Poetry Foundation. It was written and produced by Ed Herrmann and narrated by Richard Steele.

Originally Published: February 22, 2008


On March 2, 2008 at 12:13am Ted Levine wrote:
incredible documentary,inspired me,lot of

good stuff

On March 24, 2008 at 12:05pm hannah wrote:
is there any place i can download this as a podcast?

On May 15, 2008 at 7:38pm Jolanda Cornish wrote:
Excellent and informative program. The sound quality is excellent and the poetry wonderful.

On August 5, 2009 at 5:19pm Linda Norton wrote:
This is beautiful--great layering of
interviews and music and poetry.

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