Jo Radner will examine how we make meaning of our lives in relation to the wild and the natural world: what attracts/repels/frightens/fascinates us, how we use wild animals as metaphors for human behavior, how we define and use the idea of wildness. Radner will present poems and tell stories and lead discussion. She will also evoke audience members' stories relevant to the topic. This program is part of One Book One Valley 2023.
Jo Radner (Lovell, Maine) is professor emerita of literature at American University, holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, and since 2001 has enjoyed a second career as an oral historian and professional storyteller in her family region of western Maine. Past president of the American Folklore Society and the National Storytelling Network, her most recent book is Wit and Wisdom: The Forgotten Literary Life of New England Villages.
This program is made possible in part by a grant from NH Humanities.