When Glenn North read a poem at the grand opening for the American Jazz Museum in 1997, something clicked.
From that moment on, the poet and the museum grew in tandem. In 2004, North officially joined the museum's staff, establishing a nationally recognized spoken word scene at the museum's Blue Room.
North recently left his post as education manager and poet-in-residence. He plans to finish his master's degree and focus on his poetry.
Upon his departure, Central Standard invited him to sit down for a talk. Among the highlights:
Let’s play a word association game. What’s do you think when I say, “Kansas City?” Barbecue? The Royals? How about jazz? Now what about when I say “Jazz,” what do you think? It probably isn’t poetry.