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Also a Poet

By: Ada Calhoun
Narrated by: Ada Calhoun, Lili Taylor, Josephine Brill
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Publisher's summary

A staggering memoir from New York Times best-selling author Ada Calhoun tracing her fraught relationship with her father and their shared obsession with a great poet, featuring exclusive archival audio from literary and art world legends, living and dead.

When Ada Calhoun stumbled upon old cassette tapes of interviews her father, celebrated art critic Peter Schjeldahl, had conducted for his never-completed biography of poet Frank O’Hara, she set out to finish the book her father had started 40 years earlier. 

As a lifelong O’Hara fan who grew up amid his bohemian cohort in the East Village, Calhoun thought the project would be easy, even fun, but the deeper she dove, the more she had to face not just O’Hara’s past, but also her father’s and her own.

The result is a groundbreaking and kaleidoscopic memoir that weaves compelling literary history with a moving, honest, and tender story of a complicated father-daughter bond. Also a Poet explores what happens when we want to do better than our parents, yet fear what that might cost us; when we seek their approval, yet mistrust it.

In reckoning with her unique heritage, as well as providing new insights into the life of one of our most important poets, Calhoun offers a brave and hopeful meditation on parents and children, artistic ambition, and the complexities of what we leave behind. 

©2022 Ada Calhoun (P)2022 Audible Originals

About the Creator and Performer

Ada Calhoun is the New York Times–bestselling author of Why We Can't Sleep, St. Marks Is Dead, Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give, and Also a Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, and Me, which Vogue calls one of the Best Books of 2022 So Far.

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