David K. Rea wearing headphones and standing at a microphone.

The Words Were Writing Themselves – David K. Rea

David K. Rea‘s project for the 2023 Jack Straw Program is a collection of poems and prose writing. In his conversation with curator Priscilla Long, he talks about his life after newspaper work, his daily writing practices, and how he considers himself a lifelong student of poetry. “I’d like to have a few people I’m friends with and close to remember some of my work, things I’ve done, that might help them see a little more how life is.”

Music by Bryan Smith, produced through the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.