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On April 17, 2007, Al Filreis interviewed Donald Hall and led an hour-long discussion with a live audience at the Kelly Writers House and a webcast audience worldwide. The video recording can be streamed here. An audio recording of the same event can be downloaded here. The previous evening Hall gave a reading at the Writers House; both video and audio recordings of that reading are available. The audio recording of the April 17 discussion has been segmented by topic, and one can find and hear the segments here. Filreis asked about and Hall discussed the topic of cancer and writing about cancer. Hall's 2 minute and 49 second response is noteworthy: MP3. Jane Sussman, then a University of Pennsylvania undergraduate, gave the introduction to the April 16 reading; here is that personal statement.
Hall has published, among other books, White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 1946-2006 (2006); The Painted Bed (2002) and Without: Poems (1998), which was published on the third anniversary of the death from leukemia of his wife, the poet Jane Kenyon. He has also published children's books, short stories, plays, and several autobiographical works, such as The Best Day The Worst Day: Life with Jane Kenyon (2005) and Life Work (1993), which won the New England Book award for nonfiction. His honors include two Guggenheim fellowships and the Poetry Society of America's Robert Frost Silver medal. Hall served as Poet Laureate of New Hampshire and Poet Laureate of the United States.