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First Person Radio - 9/12/2012

First Person Radio - 9/12/2012

Laura Waterman Wittstock talks with renowned American Indian creative genius: Joy Harjo.Her new book - Crazy Brave is just out. It's a great read and a lovely memoir grounded
in tribal myth and ancestry, music & poetry. Joy Harjo, one of our leading Native American voices, was born in Oklahoma, at the end place of the Trail of Tears. She grew up learning to dodge an abusive stepfather by finding shelter in her imagination, a deep spiritual life & connection with the natural world. She attended an Indian arts boarding school, where she nourished an appreciation for painting, music & poetry; gave birth while still a teenager; & struggled on her own as a single mother, eventually finding her poetic voice. Narrating the complexities of betrayal & love, Crazy Brave is a memoir about family & the breaking apart necessary in finding a voice. Harjo’s tale of a hardscrabble youth, young adulthood & transformation into an award-winning poet and musician is haunting, unique, and visionary.

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