My Kirkus Q&A with Nina Crews

h1 February 1st, 2018 by jules

I started thinking about illustrating [Richard Wright’s] haiku back in 2006 after I came across a few of them in a poetry anthology. I had read Native Son and The Outsider in my twenties and had more or less dismissed his work as too polemical for my tastes. I was surprised and delighted by the poems. A quick search online led me to a posthumously published collection of over 800 of his haiku, Haiku: This Other World.

In addition to hundreds of wonderful poems, this book included a terrific introduction that gave me a new perspective on Wright and backmatter that gave me a deeper understanding of this poetic form. Creating this book was an opportunity for me to reconsider my feelings about Wright’s work. I am now a fan.”

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Over at Kirkus today, I talk with author-illustrator Nina Crews, pictured here, about her new picture book, Seeing into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright (Millbrook Press, February 2018), which features her photo-collage illustrations.

The Q&A is here. Next week, I’ll follow up here at 7-Imp with some art from the book.

Until tomorrow …

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Photo of Nina Crews taken by Matthew Septimus.

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