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Word S4 E2: Puppets, Children's Literature And Zoomoetry

By Tom Maxedon
Published: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 5:05am
Updated: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 10:13am

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Great Arizona Puppet Theater
A performance of Rapunzel by the Great Arizona Puppet Theater before the pandemic.

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On this episode, the coronavirus pandemic continues to present challenges for creatives.

We’ll talk to a returning guest about it. Plus, we turn our attention to younger audiences and readers, beginning with puppets.

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Dr. Monica Brown is professor of English at Northern Arizona University where she teaches U.S. Latinx Literature, Chicanx Literature, and African American Literature.

The Great Arizona Puppet Theater in Phoenix has moved to a drive-in model for its shows.

The theater’s co-founder Nancy Smith and her daughter Gwen Bonar who is the assistant artistic director, joined us to talk about the adjustments they’ve made and how some classics have been updated for modernity.

The theater has been operating for 37 years.

Dr. Monica Brown is the daughter of a Peruvian immigrant and teaches multi-ethnic literature at NAU. She’s the author of many children’s books and she joined us to discuss her latest release, “Sharuko,” a Quechua word which means “brave.”  

Finally, Anna Flores is a Latina-American poet, writer, performer and ASU instructor.

Jairo Carreon
Poet, writer, performer and instructor Anna Flores.

We welcome her back after a previous appearance in April 2019.

A lot has changed since then, particularly how writers connect to audiences and even themselves.

We talk about how technology affects her writing process and she gives us a sample of her work inspired by the tenant crisis and letter written to her landlord which was picked up earlier this year by the Nation.

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