Diane Rehm in Conversation with the Poet Laureate of the United States, Joy Harjo
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. (US/Eastern)
The Diane Rehm Book Club selection for December is “Poet Warrior: A Memoir,” by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. Released in September, the book moves between prose and poetry to trace Harjo’s development as a poet, musician, playwright and author.
Harjo is the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States and only the second to be asked to serve a third term. Harjo’s work is described as poetry of compassion and healing, but also work that seeks to uncover truth. In “Poet Warrior” she uses her ancestral stories and own life experiences to explore concepts of love, justice, and the search for home.
Join Diane Rehm and Joy Harjo on Wednesday, December 15, at 1:00 p.m. ET for a special one-on-one conversation about the role of the U.S. Poet Laureate and how poetry has intersected with Harjo’s life.
And, we want to hear from you! What do you want to ask Joy Harjo? We'll take questions from the audience, please submit your questions here.
Joy Harjo, the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States, is a member of the Mvskoke Nation and belongs to Oce Vpofv (Hickory Ground). She is the author of nine books of poetry, including her most recent, the highly acclaimed “An American Sunrise” (2019), which was a 2020 Oklahoma Book Award Winner; “Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings” (2015), which was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize and named a Notable Book of the Year by the American Library Association; and “In Mad Love and War” (1990), which received an American Book Award and the Delamore Schwartz Memorial Award. Her first memoir, “Crazy Brave,” was awarded the PEN USA Literary Award in Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. Her second, “Poet Warrior: A Memoir,” was released in September 2021.
This event has a suggested donation of $25. If you are unable to make a donation this time, please email [email protected].
To participate, you must register by 12 p.m. ET on December 15. All registered participants will receive an email with instructions on how to connect to our virtual event on Zoom. Live closed captioning will be available.