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 project. http://danvera.com
Aired June 1, 2013.