KTEP - El Paso, Texas

WORDS ON A WIRE: Dan Vera (extended)

Daniel talks with writer Dan Vera, whose newest collection of poems, "Speaking Wiri Wiri," is the recipient of the 2012 Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize.  Dan explains the meaning of "wiri wiri."  He also explains how living in Washington D.C. has left him conflicted about the often-troubled history that literally surrounds him.  Hear about his experience growing up as a Cuban-American in south Texas, and why poets Eduardo Corral and Richard Blanco are to be praised for elevating the visibility of Latino literature & poetry.  Dan also reads the poems "Tower of Babel" and "Playing Scrabble with Cousin Fela."  In this online-only extended interview, Dan talks about the influence of religion in his book and about his latest projecthttp://danvera.com

Aired June 1, 2013.