Jamaican Poet Ishion Hutchinson Interviewed by Leanne Hayes

Interviewed by Leanne Hayes for ARC magazine,

Jamaican born Ishion Hutchinson talks about childhood, poetry, and his new collection of verse, Far District (2010), which was published by Peepal Tree Press in the UK. Hutchinson holds a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Utah; his work has been featured in journals including Callaloo and the Caribbean Review of Books. Here are excerpts of the interview with a link to the full article below:

 Leanne Haynes: You have said before that you did not grow up surrounded by literature. Can you expand on your upbringing and your affinity for poetry now?
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Photo: Ishion Hutchinson by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

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Interviewed by Leanne Hayes for ARC magazine, Jamaican-born Ishion Hutchinson talks about childhood, poetry, and his new collection of verse, Far District (2010), which was published by Peepal Tree Press in the UK. Hutchinson holds a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Utah; his work has been featured in journals including Callaloo and the Caribbean Review of Books. Here are excerpts of the interview with a link to the full article below:

Leanne Haynes: You have said before that you did not grow up surrounded by literature. Can you expand on your upbringing and your affinity for poetry now?

Ishion Hutchinson: My upbringing was simple and typical of any child from rural Jamaica in the late 1980s, and I suspect things are not greatly different, in that I didn’t grow up with the experience of serious reading, where it was a natural part of…

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