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Poetry collection explores trauma and wellness in a Cincinnati neighborhood

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“East Walnut Hills,” an award-winning poetry collection by Emily Spencer, takes us inside a neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. Within this framework, the collection explores climate change, wellness, race, gender, trauma, oppression and more. Spencer, now known as E. Yetunde Ahn, says she explored the material and found the rhythm of the poems by meditatively walking the neighborhood.

In this episode of the Talk of Iowa Book Club, Charity Nebbe talks with Ahn, about the collection, and has her read selections from the book.


  • E. Yetunde Ahn, née Emily Spencer, poet and author of the collection "East Walnut Hills," founder of Iowa Poetry Foundation
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa