The Power of Poetry in America with US Poets Laureate Joy Harjo & Natasha Trethewey

This reading and conversation brings together two Poet Laureates of the United States: Joy Harjo and Natasha Trethewey. This evening is a celebration of their great hearts and work. This evening will also be a celebration and welcoming of Joy Harjo as the first Native to hold the Poet Laureate position, who agreed to serve a third year, as we transfer from one presidential administration to the next.

The act of reading or writing a poem are both ways of remembering and manifesting the world we want to live in—singing ourselves into being. Joy Harjo and Natasha Trethewey have both built their lives in language—the intimate and personal language they carry to their pages and the language we receive when we arrive at their pages—a relational life, a reciprocal life, built at least partly of poems. Join us and these two Poet Laureates of the United States, as we talk about the ways poetry gathers and holds us, lifts us, catapults us to action, not only against the violence of the world but also beyond them. Join us as we engage the energy, imagination, and power of poetry, as a community, as an important part of the beautiful and capacious world we are imagining for one another.

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We will have live ASL interpreters throughout the event as well as closed captioning. The event will be recorded. The event is scheduled for 5 pm MST/ 4 pm PST/ 7 pm EST.

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