UrbanArtistry is a nonprofit program, (supported by the Claude Harvard Foundation), dedicated to bringing art to young and old in the most interesting ways. This journal will have comments from those participating in the first UrbanArtistry workshop in Detroit, Michigan as well as the other events to follow. UrbanArtistry:Detroit creative focus is POETRY. Come journey with us as we explore the arts and contribute to the greatest good!

Monday, July 24, 2006

Octavia Butler's Last Interview?


Last October a young high school student interviewed Octavia Butler (see pics below). She was a bit flustered by the technology she was using to record the interview and only managed to get part of the interview. This interview was part of a radio program the student was participating in and our trip to Chicago gave her the perfect opportunity to get a story (after her mother and I almost exhausted ourselves encouraging her to ask for the interview). Several few weeks later, she returned the borrowed equipment back to the Community Media Center and now the mystery is what happened to the recording?

I’d been sort of half-heartedly after her to write up a story about what may have been the last interview with Octavia Butler. Trying not to pressure her too much (wow I've learned my lesson next time I'll be on her like eminem on a rap lyric!).

Once I got serious about getting after the young lady and my hands on the recording, I found out that the recording just/mostly has been erased. Now aint that a bowl of kiwi?!?!?!?!

There is a glimmer of hope that the recording is just lost and not erased. I’m on it and will report my findings soon.

Butler October and Young Interviewer October 2005