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.