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Young Poets in Chicago

This podcast is a product of PhD dissertation research consisting of linguistic anthropological research on the experiences of young poets in Chicago. It examines the ways that college students and other young adults come to see themselves as participants in the city, with a focus on networks of writers who produce and perform poetry. Each episode of this podcast explores how poets think, write, and talk about a different aspect of their identities, including race, socioeconomic background, gender and sexuality, ability and disability, and linguistic identity. Through reflective interviews, text analysis, and live performances of original poems, this podcast aims to show how young adults help each other learn through poetry, and how poetry shapes the ways they engage with the city.

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