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Listen: Family, Ethiopian roots inspire Seattle Youth Poet Laureate's new book

Seattle Arts & Lectures
Bitaniya Giday is finishing her tenure at Seattle Youth Poet Laureate and publishing a book of her poetry.

Seattle's Youth Poet Laureate has just published her first book of poetry. "Motherland" is Bitaniya Giday's exploration of Blackness, womanhood and family history as an Ethiopian-American youth.

You might be familiar with Giday from her appearance in KNKX's Take the Mic youth voices series, and she was part of our virtual town hall event. She was also featured in this interview with Seattle Arts & Lectures.

Giday, who is finishing her one-year term as youth poet laureate, spoke with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about her new book and what inspires her work. Listen to the interview and hear Giday read one of her poems. 

Kirsten Kendrick hosts Morning Edition on KNKX and the sports interview series "Going Deep," talking with folks tied to sports in our region about what drives them — as professionals and people.