The William Van O'Connor Library

Lannan Video Catalogue

An asterisk (*) following the name of the author indicates that the artist is also featured in the video Where Poems Come From, filed under the letter "W."


Cardenal, Ernesto (1991)

       Author:                                                     Ernesto Cardenal   
       Interviewer & Translation Reader:        Ruben Martinez        
       Translation Reader:                                Edward Asner 
       Producers and Directors:                       Lewis MacAdams and John Dorr    Metropolitan Pictures and EZTV                                      
       Running time:                                           60 minutes

From the video jacket: "Ernesto Cardenal is an ordained Catholic priest, a revolutionary, and an acclaimed poet who champions the spiritual and intellectual values of the Nicaraguan people. On January 29, 1991, Ernesto Cardenal read in Spanish from Cantico Cosmico, his masterful 600-page poem. The English translations were read by actor Edward Asner and poet Ruben Martinez, who also interviewed Ernesto Cardenal."

Carruth, Hayden (1994)

        Author:                                  Hayden Carruth 
        Interviewer:                           Michael Silverblatt 
        Director:                                Dan Griggs/Media Revolution
        Running time:                        60 minutes

From the video jacket:

"Hayden Carruth is a distinguished poet, essayist, and editor. He has been described as both a people's poet, who writes about our common welfare, and also a poet's poet, 'a virtuoso of form from the sonnet to free verse, from medieval metrics to jazz ones.'--The Nation  Mr. Carruth read from his Collected Shorter Poems, 1946-1991, which received a National Book Critics Circle Award, on November 9, 1993, in Los Angeles. He talked about his poetry with Michael Silverblatt.

"Michael Silverblatt is the producer and host of the highly acclaimed 'Bookworm,' a literary interview program broadcast on public radio stations nationwide."

Cisneros, Sandra (1997)

        Author:                                   Sandra Cisneros
        Interviewer:                            Dorothy Allison
        Director:                                 Dan Griggs/Media Revolution
        Running time:                         60 minutes

From the video jacket:

"Sandra Cisneros, the author of The House on Mango Street and Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories, is a poet and fiction writer. Self[-]described as a 'terrorist,' [an] 'anarchist,' and a 'Chicana feminist,' she has said, 'I'm trying to write stories that haven't been told. I feel like a cartographer. I'm determined to fill a literary void.' Ms. Cisneros, who received a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, read the story 'Eleven' and from work in progress on October 8, 1996.

"Dorothy Allison is a poet, novelist, and essayist, whose books include Cavedweller and Bastard out of Carolina."

Clifton, Lucille (1996) (see also next entry)

        Author:                                  Lucille Clifton*
        Interviewer:                          Quincy Troupe 
        Director:                               Dan Griggs/Media Revolution
        Running time:                       60 minutes

From the video jacket:

"Lucille Clifton, born in 1936, has published nine books of poetry including The Book of Light, Quilting, Next, and Ordinary Woman. Ms. Clifton, who has also written numerous children's books, received a 1996 Lannan Literary Award for Poetry. She read from The Book of Light and The Terrible Stories on May 21, 1996.

"Quincy Troupe has written five books of poetry including Avalanche, Weather Reports, and Snake-Back Solos. Mr. Troupe, who teaches at the University of California, San Diego, also wrote Miles: The Autobiography, with Miles Davis."

Clifton, Lucille--Volume II (2001) (see also previous entry)

        Author:                                   Lucille Clifton*
        Interviewer:                            Denise Chavez
        Director:                                 Thunder Road Productions
        Running time:                         1 hour 14 minutes

From the video jacket:

"Lucille Clifton has published ten poetry books, including Blessing the Boats, winner of the National Book Award, The Book of Light, The Terrible Stories, Quilting, Next, and Good Times. Ms. Clifton has said, 'I've always been a person who found more interesting the stories between the stories. I've always wondered the hows and the whys to things. Why is this like this? What has gone into making us who we are? It is good or not so good? What is destroying us? What will keep us warm?' Ms. Clifton, who has also written numerous books for children, received a Lannan Literary Award for Poetry in 1996. She read on December 8, 1999."

"Denise Chavez's works include two novels, Loving Pedro Infante and Face of an Angel, a collection of stories, The Last of the Menu Girls, and 26 plays. Her honors include the 1995 New Mexico Governor's Award for Achievement in the Arts, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation. Ms. Chavez lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where she serves as the artistic director of the Border Book Festival."

Creeley, Robert (1990)

        Author:                                   Robert Creeley 
        Interviewer:                            Lewis MacAdams
        Producers and Directors:    Lewis MacAdams and John Dorr   Metropolitan Pictures and EZTV                                                         
        Running time:                         60 minutes

From the video jacket: "Robert Creeley, one of the most influential American poets of his generation, launched the Black Mountain poetry movement with Charles Olson. He has said, 'I write when no other act is possible.' He read from The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975; Mirrors, Windows; and from work in progress on April 16, 1990. Lewis MacAdams interviewed Robert Creeley at the Lannan Foundation."

Cruz, Victor Hernández (1989)

        Author:                                   Victor Hernández Cruz*
        Interviewer:                            Lewis MacAdams
        Producers and Directors:    Lewis MacAdams and John Dorr    Metropolitan Pictures and EZTV
Running time:                        60 minutes

From the video jacket: "Victor Hernández Cruz is a poet whose work has been influenced by the African, Indian, and Spanish cultures found in his native Puerto Rico. He read from Rhythm, Content and Flavor and By Lingual Wholes in Los Angeles on April 17, 1989. Victor Hernández Cruz talked to students at the Harvard School and was interviewed by poet Lewis MacAdams."


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