Bronzeville at Night: 1949
Vida Cross is a blues poet. Her work references her ancestry as a third generation Chicagoan, a Bronzeville resident, the artwork of Archibald J. Motley Jr., and the poetic research of Langston Hughes. She received an MFA in Writing and an MFA in Filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MA in English from Iowa State University and a BA in English-writing and History from Knox College. She is a Cave Canem Fellow. Her work has appeared in The Creativity and Constraint Anthology for Wising Up Press, A Civil Rights Retrospective with the Black Earth Institute, Tabula Poetica with Chapman University, Transitions Magazine at the Hutchinson Institute, the Cave Canem Anthology XII: Poems 2008-2009, The Literary Review with Fairleigh Dickinson University, Reed Magazine at Reed College, and The Journal of Film and Video from The University of Illinois at Chicago.
Bronzeville at Night: 1949 was a finalist in the 2016 Lena-Miles Wever Todd poetry contest with Pleiades Press
Bronzeville at Night: 1949 was the 2010 Honorable Mention for the Cave Canem Poetry Prize
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After last week's debut of poet Vida Cross's book, BRONZEVILLE AT NIGHT: 1949, Liz Blood chatted with Cross about the influences on her work including painter Archibald J. Motley, writer Langston Hughes, and living in Chicago. They discussed bringing writing, music, and painting together, different manifestations of segregation, and the blend of fiction and nonfiction in Cross's poetry.
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