L. J. Morin - Portrait

Humboldt – L. J. Morin

For her Jack Straw Writers Program project, L. J. Morin (Lisa Carcia) wrote a series of poems inspired by the tale of a parrot in Venezuela who was the last known speaker of a dead language. She speaks with 2015 Writers Program Curator Kevin Craft about Alexander Von Humboldt, the tirelessly curious discoverer of this parrot, as well as the many challenges involved in turning history into poetry.

Music by St. Helens String Quartet, produced as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.