Louisiana Poet Laureate,
Darrell Bourque's poetry collections include Call and Response and In Ordinary Light, New and Selected Poems. He is professor emeritus in English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he served as the first Friends of the Humanities Honor Professor. He also served as Louisiana Poet Laureate in 2007-2008 and 2009-2011. He lives in rural St. Landry Parish with his wife, Karen, who is a glass artist.
I first “met” Darrell Bourque long distance, when he generously agreed to participate in my interviews of Franco-American poets for a talk entitled, “Maintaining and Reclaiming Ethnic Selves,” which I delivered as part of a panel on The Identity Formation of French Canadians in the United States at the 2010 78th Congres de l’Acfas held at the University of Montreal. With revisions, the talk was published by the International Journal of Canadian Studies in 2011 under the title, “Writing an Ethnic Identity between Worlds: Claiming and Maintaining a Franco-American Self.” Again, Darrell gave his permission to include our interview material. A year later, I had the pleasure of meeting Darrell, and his artist wife, Karen, when I read my poetry at the Louisiana Conference on Literature, Language and Culture in Lafayette, Louisiana. The conference was only my second visit to Louisiana’s Acadiana and it was thrilling. Since then Darrell and I have stayed casually connected through Facebook pages concerned with our shared background and interest in Acadian and Franco-American writing and scholarship in the US. When I heard that he was publishing a book of poems about Acadie I was thrilled. With his usual generosity, he agreed to be interviewed in conjunction with my review of MEGAN’S GUITAR and OTHER POEMS from ACADIE for the POETRY MATTERS blog. I jumped at the opportunity to again be enriched by his wisdom and kindness.
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