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Writers on Writing with Dr. Brenda M. Greene

Writers on Writing Interview with Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

 Air Date: Sunday, June 16, 2024, and Sunday, June 23, 2024

Dr. Brenda M. Greene interviews Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, author of A Woman of Endurance (Amistad, 2022). Greene and Llanos-Figueroa discuss her motivation for writing this historical novel set in the nineteenth century and steeped in the culture of Africa and Puerto Rico. Llanos-Figueroa explores themes reflective of the human experience and centered on the life of the enslaved woman Pola, a deeply spiritual African woman who is captured and later sold for the purpose of breeding future slaves. This novel is a testament to how one survives loss, grief, and pain.



Writers on Writing Interview with
Kadiatou Diallo,
Mother of Amadou Diallo 

On February 4, 1999, an unarmed 23-year-old Guinean student named Amadou Diallo was fired upon with 41 rounds.   The four officers who shot him were found not guilty.  Dr. Greene interviews Kadiatou Diallo, the mother of Amadou Diallo.  They discuss her memoir My Heart Will Cross This Ocean: My Story, My Son (One World, 2004), her son,  and the impact that the tragic killing had on her family.

Writers on Writing Interview with Kwame Alexander

Original Air Date: Sunday, June 2, 2024, and Sunday, June 9, 2024

Dr. Brenda Greene interviews poet, educator, publisher, Emmy® Award-winning producer, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of 40 books Kwame Alexander. Alexander’s books include The Door of No Return; This is the Honey; Why Fathers Cry at Night; An American Story; and Becoming Muhammad. Alexander and Greene discuss the cultural and educational influences that shaped his perspective on writing, his views on the social responsibility of the writer, and his message to young people.


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