Diamond Grove Slave Tree

  • Fri
    Jun 05
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  • Mon
    Jun 08
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Xavier Cavazos Tells George Washington Carver in Poem

Diamond Grove Slave TreeWhat do you know about George Washington Carver?  Not much, I'm willing to bet.  You might recognize the name.  Peanuts - he had something to do with peanuts didn't he?

You may not know that he was born into slavery and studied at Simpson College in Indianola Iowa and Iowa State University in Ames in the 1890's, or what it took for him to accomplish that. Carver was one of the most renowned scientists this country has ever known, and Xavier Cavazos brings this man to life using poetry that incorporates jazz improvisational techniques.Xavier Cavazos 

Cavazos is also an ISU alumnus.  He has been part of three national poetry slam teams, was selected by the Poetry Society America as a 2013 national Chapbook Fellow, and teaches writing and other subjects at Central Washington University.  ""Diamond Grove Slave Tree" was selected as the inaugural Ice Cube Press Prairie Seed Poetry Prize. Join us this week on Writers' Voices for a conversation on history, poetry, and more.