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In the recently published anthology "Who's Yer Daddy?: Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners," our guest, poet Greg Hewett, recounts how his furtive adolescent theft of a library book opened up a literary universe of homosexual experience. In the same collection, Richard Blanco, poet of President Obama's second inaugural, comes to terms with memories of his intensely homophobic grandmother. Tonight we'll discuss mentors and forerunners of today's gay literati and cultural icons. Hewett also became a father a few years ago, something he had not expected. How has that changed his world? There will be music, of course!
Hewett, an Associate Professor of English at Carleton College, is the author of four books of poetry, most recently darkacre (Coffee House Press 2010). The Minneapolis Post writes: "He takes the long view of life and history, calling in ancient civilizations to make sense of our own, or imagining hidden worlds, the flip side of our own."
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