Episode 26: Interview with Marge Piercy


In this episode of Tiferet Talk we chat with the prolific poet, writer, and activist, Marge Piercy. We discuss the many facets of Piercy’s work, with an emphasis on The Hunger Moon: New and Selected Poems, 1980-2010

Piercy is the author of eighteen volumes of poetry, including The Art of Blessing the Day: Poems with a Jewish Themeseveral non-fiction books, including the critically acclaimed memoir, Sleeping with Cats: A Memoirand seventeen novels, including The New York Times Bestseller Gone to Soldiers; the National Bestsellers Braided Lives and The Longings of Womenand the classic Woman on the Edge of Time

Deeply engaged with life on a multitude of levels, Piercy has advocated for human rights as a key player in many of the major political battles of our time and written passionately about themes essential to the progress of humanity. As The Boston Globe stated, “Marge Piercy is not just an author, she’s a cultural touchstone. Few writers in modern memory have sustained her passion, and skill, for creating stories of consequence.”

Piercy has been the recipient of four honorary doctorate degrees and has taught, lectured, and performed her work at over 400 universities around the world. As well, she has been a featured writer on Bill Moyers’ PBS Specials, Prairie Home Companion, Fresh Air, the Today Show, and many radio programs nationwide including Air America and Oprah & Friends. Her poems are read frequently on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac.

Of Piercy’s The Hunger Moon, The Christian Science Monitor states, “[These] selected poems deserve to be read over and over because they work together beautifully and demonstrate the poet’s considerable talent and skill. They also remind readers why Marge Piercy is a literary icon whose work and career are unmatched.”

For more information on the author please visit her site: margepiercy.com


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