My Father and the Strike of 1981

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo is working on a new collection of essays about his father. Gregory Pardlo, Sr., was one of the few black air-traffic controllers of his generation, and one of the more than eleven thousand workers who struck in 1981, defying President Reagan, and suffered the consequences. Pardlo says that his father’s unemployment and the disruption to the family shaped his own writing.