Quraysh Ali Lansana

Quraysh Ali Lansana was working in broadcast journalism until his transition into poetry was ignited by the works of acclaimed poet Gwendolyn Brooks. In this interview Quraysh explains the difference between sonics and musicality, and helps his readers understand the way his background in performance and spoken word plays into the way he develops his words for the page. At the end of the interview  Quraysh reads the haunting and beautiful poem, “blur” which alludes to the memory of Karen Silkwood’s tragic murder.

You can read “blur” here:

https://www.aprweb.org/poem/blur

And find out more on Quraysh here:

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/quraysh-ali-lansana

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