1.20 Interview with Khodi Dill / Spoken Word Poetry and “Grey,” Picture Books, and Education

Teachin' Books is back with an exciting interview with Khodi Dill, who is author of the picture book Welcome to the Cypher (available for pre-order now!) and a Bahamian-Canadian writer, spoken word artist, and anti-racist educator living and working on Treaty 6 territory in Saskatoon. Check it out, y'all! 🙂

Khodi and I chat about spoken word poetry (& its role in education and social justice); his poem “Grey” and how I've taught it in my undergraduate English classes; the publication of “Grey” in Karina Vernon's fantastic The Black Prairie Archives (published by the also fantastic WLU Press); and the behind-the-scenes process of writing Welcome to the Cypher, including a discussion of “children's literature” versus “picture books,” the instructive qualities of writing a book, and connections between spoken word and the new picture book.

The podcast music is by Dyalla Swain and the graphics are by @muskrathands.

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 **The transcript for this episode, once available, will be here.**