FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017 - SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2017 WASHINGTON, DC
Verse and Vision is a festival of poetry, showcasing and promoting the use of poetry in communities of faith. It includes a Friday evening concert of music and poetry at Western Presbyterian Church, and Saturday poetry readings and discussions, workshops on reading and writing poetry, and poetry-infused worship at the Church of the Pilgrims. Special guest poets E. Ethelbert Miller and Tania Runyan will be joined by other area poets and worship leaders in giving readings and leading workshops.
National Book Festival Joy Harjo, Poet Saturday, September 24 noon - 12:45 pm Walter Washington Convention Center
One of Joy Harjo's best known poems is "I Give You Back," also known as "The Fear Poem," in which she confronts—and overcomes-- the fears she inherited from our national history of Native American oppression. View her performance of "a poem to get rid of fear" here.
Harjo’s Muskogee Creek heritage has had a great influence on her poetry, as have her feminist and social interests. She has received many honors, including the William Carlos Williams Award and the American Indian Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award. Her latest collection of poetry is “Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems” (Norton).