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In this week’s episode, Senior Correspondent Steve Scher talks with poet and fellow correspondent Shin Yu Pai about her new book of poetry, ENSŌ. In this tenth collection, Pai presents a hybrid book and digital experience with insights on cultural hybridity, exchange, and appropriation; motherhood; and personal reflections on how systemic racism and misogyny have shaped her practice. Take a look inside the creative process of “one of the most thoughtful poets in the Northwest”—and stay in the know about what’s going on in this moment at Town Hall Seattle.
Shin Yu Pai is the author of ten books of poetry. Her work has appeared in publications throughout the U.S., Japan, China, Taiwan, Romania, the United Kingdom, and Canada. In 2014, she was shortlisted for a Stranger Genius Award in Literature. She served as the fourth Poet Laureate of The City of Redmond from 2015 to 2017. She curates the Lyric World series for Town Hall.
Steve Scher is a podcaster, broadcaster, writer, interviewer, and teacher. He is the former host of KUOW-FM’s Weekday and has taught interviewing at the University of Washington since 2009. Scher is also the host of the podcast series At Length with Steve Scher.