Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter
Michael Chabon is one lucky guy. Last night he was invited to participate in the White House’s first Poetry Jam, along with Joshua Bennett, James Earl Jones, Eric Lewis, Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, Mayda Del Valle, and Esperanza Spalding, among others. The evening’s goal was to celebrate poetry, music, and spoken word around the theme of dialogue, “showing how dialogue is important in every aspect of who we are as Americans and as human beings, and demonstrating how communication is a constant throughout the ages.”
Ayelet Waldman, Michael Chabon’s wife and author of the recently published Bad Mother, shares more about their White House evening here.
To view a video of part of the evening, click here.
And more from The New York Times “Art Beat” Blog here.
And their Politics and Government Blog, here.
If you search “michael chabon+ayelet waldman+white house poetry,” you’ll find many more posts on this historical evening. Search away!
Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Naomi is the executive director of Jewish Book Council. She graduated from Emory University with degrees in English and Art History and, in addition, studied at University College London. Prior to her role as executive director, Naomi served as the founding editor of the JBC website and blog and managing editor of Jewish Book World. In addition, she has overseen JBC’s digital initiatives, and also developed the JBC’s Visiting Scribe series and Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation.