Episode 91: Michelle Brittan Rosado


Michelle Brittan Rosado is a poet based in Long Beach, CA. In her book Why Can’t It Be Tenderness, Michelle writes about California, Malaysia, and the space between, about divorce, and life transition, and new love. In our conversation we talked about her book, about her creative process and how she thinks about poetic form, and about mixed-race identity. Then in the second section we talked about the history of the pantoum, and our experiences with English-language versions of Asian poetic forms.

(Conversation recorded May 30, 2019.)

Bonus Reading: Subscribers to the KTCO Patreon campaign can hear Michelle read her poem “The Sky Will Look White.”