Boulder poet Michele Battiste has penned a new collection of poems based on her family's experiences around the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. That's when many Hungarians unsuccessfully rose up against Soviet leaders. More than 2,700 Hungarians lost their lives and hundreds of thousands of them fled the country.
Battiste's mother Erika was a little girl then and is prominently featured in these poems, along with her aunt, grandmother and grandfather (who was wanted by the authorities and escaped with the family).
Battiste met CPR's Ryan Warner at Hungarian Freedom Park on Speer Boulevard in Denver to read from the new collection and to talk about this time of change in her family's history.
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Ryan Warner is the senior host and editor of Colorado Public Radio's daily interview program "Colorado Matters." He regularly reports on the most important issues facing Colorado - from the state capitol, which includes a monthly interview with the Governor of Colorado - to topics concerning health, education, business, energy and the environment and arts and culture.