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Talking Writing: Earl Braggs, Part I

Earl Braggs
Earl Braggs

Richard Winham shares the first part of a conversation with Earl Braggs, poet and Herman H. Battle Professor of African American Studies in the Creative Writing Department on our campus, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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