The Food I’ve Eaten, The Weeds I’ve Picked, The Loves I’ve Had: An Interview with Ada Limón

Interview conducted by Megan Arlett

Ada Limón is the author of five books of poetry, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry and was named one of the top 5 poetry books of the year by the Washington Post. Her fourth book Bright Dead Things was named a finalist for the National Book Award, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency M.F.A program, and the online and summer programs for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She also works as a freelance writer in Lexington, Kentucky.

Among its multiplicity of awards, Ada’s book The Carrying was named a finalist for UNT’s 2019 Rilke Prize, a prize intended to recognize a book by a mid-career poet that demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision. In November 2019 she visited Denton to read from her work and, after returning home to Lexington, was generous enough to expand upon some of the ideas and thoughts she’d spoken of during her time with us.

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