A Larger Context that Reveals Meaning: An Interview with Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

Interview with Rob Casper, Head of LOC Poetry & Literature Center: In the past week, we have been thinking a lot about this unprecedented moment and how poetry might help us live through it. We have also been talking to our poet laureate, Joy Harjo, about her life right now—as she has started to field requests to respond to the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis with an eye toward poetry.

Below is a short interview I conducted with her via e-mail over the past two days.

Read the interview here