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Film, Video Joy Harjo & A.B. Spellman: 2016 National Book Festival

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  • Joy Harjo & A.B. Spellman: 2016 National Book Festival


  • Joy Harjo, author of "Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems," and A.B. Spellman, author of "Things I Must Have Known," discuss the relationship between poetry and song with Rob Casper at the 2016 Library of Congress Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Event Date

  • September 24, 2016


  • -  A.B. Spellman is a poet, writer, music critic and music historian. From 1975 to 2005, he worked for the National Endowment of the Arts and his service to the organization is honored by the A.B. Spellman Award for jazz advocacy. Spellman published his first book of poems, "The Beautiful Days," in 1964 while working as a jazz music reviewer. His poetry and political essays have been featured in Rhythm Magazine and he has lectured at Morehouse College, Emory University, Rutgers and Harvard University. His full-length collection of poetry, "Things I Must Have Known" , received a Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award honorable mention and was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for outstanding literary work in poetry.
  • -  Joy Harjo's Muskogee Creek heritage has had a great influence on her poetry, as have her feminist and social interests. Harjo has received many honors, including the William Carlos Williams Award and the American Indian Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award. She has received fellowships from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation. Her latest collection of poetry is "Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems".

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  • 44 minutes 3 seconds

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