Poetry. African & African American Studies. Music. Borrowing from such sources as archival recordings and news stories, A HUNGER CALLED MUSIC documents the early history of African-American music beginning with work songs and ending with Motown-era soul. Using each genre's historical context and the music itself as inspiration, the poems in the chapbook take on a range of voices and stories from Robert Johnson to Nina Simone, and from a white 1950s record producer to a witness to police brutality. In doing so, the poems work to unearth the commonalities of experience between previous eras and the current one through the intergenerational constant of music.
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Meredith Nnoka is a Smith College graduate with a degree in Africana Studies and English. Originally from Maryland, she is currently a graduate student in African-American literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her poetry has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, HEArt Online, Mandala Journal, and elsewhere. A HUNGER CALLED MUSIC, her first chapbook, was a winner of C&R Press's 2016 Winter Soup Bowl. Author City: MADISON, WI USA