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Flint poet laureate Semaj Brown on the healing power of poetry in the current era

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Courtesy of Semaj Brown
Semaj Brown is the city of Flint's first poet laureate.

There are some things we can understand through facts. And then there are some things that we may understand better through feeling. Poet Semaj Brown has spent most of her writing life with a foot in both worlds.

In her passionate, evocative writing, the natural world and her community intertwine and connect in surprising ways. As Flint's first poet laureate, she's formalized her educational work, while acting as a kind of medium and mirror for the city's response to its water crisis.

She joined Stateside to talk about her work and her recently published book Bleeding Fire, Tap the Eternal Spring of Regenerative Light: Conversations in Poetry and Prose.

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