Caroline Harvey on Poetry, Performance, Gender, and Activism

August 10, 2016






Caroline Harvey is an accomplished poet and educator whose work explores ideas of the sacred and the profane. Nominated for the 2013 Best Poets Award and a 2012 Pushcart Prize, she has shared stages and classrooms with Alicia Keys, Livingston Taylor, Melissa Ferrick, Donna De Lory, and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def, and is dedicated to conscious evolution and intelligent rebellion. Over the course of our conversation, we spoke about gender politics, teaching, authenticity, her love for the Grateful Dead, and how to avoid a predictable poetic cadence - and, I got her to share several of her fantastic new poems. Our music today is by Esalen's own Sierra Snyder, who records under the moniker of Sea Seer. The track's name is "There Will Be Music Despite Everything." Check it out.


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