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WISEWOMAN FORUM: Book discussion of Crazy Brave: A Memoir by Joy Harjo, facilitated by Janice Derr

  • Sunday, April 10, 2022
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Zoom

Discussion Group

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Janice Derr will lead us in a discussion of Crazy Brave: A Memoir by Joy Harjo. "In this transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo details her journey to becoming a poet. Born in Oklahoma, the end place of the Trail of Tears, Harjo grew up learning to dodge an abusive stepfather by finding shelter in her imagination, a deep spiritual life, and connection with the natural world. Narrating the complexities of betrayal and love, Crazy Brave is a haunting, visionary memoir about family and the breaking apart necessary in finding a voice.Joy Harjo is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is the author of nine poetry collections and two memoirs, most recently Poet Warrior. The recipient of the 2017 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, she lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma." (from Amazon). NOTE: An audio version of the book narrated by Joy Harjo is available on Audible and is highly recommended.

Bio from Janice Derr: Hello to Wise Women! I have enjoyed and benefited from the Wise Women discussions for many years, and I am so glad to have a chance to facilitate a group discussion about the book Crazy Brave: A Memoir by Joy Harjo. Here's a little information about me: I am currently retired after a career in biostatistics, first at Penn State University, where I ran the statistical consulting center, and then in the DC-Metro area, where I worked at the Food and Drug Administration as a statistical reviewer and team leader. After thirty years of taking a very quantitative view of life, I needed to find some balance. Fortunately, I found the Jung Society and the Wise Women Forum. I look forward to our discussion about this book. Between now and April 10, I plan to read the book and learn more about the author and find audio/visual materials to share. I hope to facilitate our discussion and provide opportunities for creative expression along the way. I hope you can join in on April 10!


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