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Chat and Chew Virtual Book Club

Monday, November 29, 2021

CHAT & CHEW Virtual Book Club - The Chat & Chew Series was planned and initiated by the Chancellor’s Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in partnership with the UA - Pulaski Tech Cultural Diversity and Community Involvement Committee.

Join the UA - Pulaski Tech community for a virtual book club to connect with students, faculty, staff and alumni as we engage with texts that elevate voices, share experiences, and indulge together in lifelong learning. Participation is free!

Chat & Chew will take place virtually through Microsoft Teams at the beginning of each month at noon. The Microsoft Teams link to access the meeting will be posted on this page soon. The next meeting is Friday, December 3, 2021.

Featured Book for December
Poet Warrior by Joy Harjo

Poet Warrior by Joy Harjo


Three-term poet laureate Joy Harjo offers a vivid, lyrical, and inspiring call for love and justice in this contemplation of her trailblazing life.

Joy Harjo, the first Native American to serve as U.S. poet laureate, invites us to travel along the heartaches, losses, and humble realizations of her "poet-warrior" road. A musical, kaleidoscopic, and wise follow-up to Crazy Brave, Poet Warrior reveals how Harjo came to write poetry of compassion and healing, poetry with the power to unearth the truth and demand justice.

Harjo listens to stories of ancestors and family, the poetry and music that she first encountered as a child, and the messengers of a changing earth―owls heralding grief, resilient desert plants, and a smooth green snake curled up in surprise. She celebrates the influences that shaped her poetry, among them Audre Lorde, N. Scott Momaday, Walt Whitman, Muscogee stomp dance call-and-response, Navajo horse songs, rain, and sunrise. In absorbing, incantatory prose, Harjo grieves at the loss of her mother, reckons with the theft of her ancestral homeland, and sheds light on the rituals that nourish her as an artist, mother, wife, and community member.

Moving fluidly between prose, song, and poetry, Harjo recounts a luminous journey of becoming, a spiritual map that will help us all find home. Poet Warrior sings with the jazz, blues, tenderness, and bravery that we know as distinctly Joy Harjo.

Joy Harjo is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is the author of nine poetry collections and one previous memoir, Crazy Brave. Named Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019, she lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she is a Tulsa Artist Fellow.

Why Join

  • Book clubs keep your brain sharp - It’s a scientific fact that reading helps keep your brain sharp. Discussing what you’ve read with others can challenge your understanding and help you make new connections that you may not have thought about before.
  • Book clubs offer great stress relief - It is estimated that just six minutes of reading can reduce stress levels by more than 68%, and with faster results than other outlets like listening to music or going for a walk.
  • You can make lasting friendships talking about books - Actress, Charlotte Ahlin, said it best, “a book club is the ideal excuse to schedule some time in your life when you can just focus on books and friends and things you enjoy.”


1. How often will books be read, what is the time commitment and what are the expectations?

A new book will be chosen each month with a virtual discussion taking place at the beginning on the following month. The virtual discussion topics will be derived from the texts and will cover lifelong learning, personal growth, and other topics. Each book should take an average of nine hours to read from cover to cover. If you have between 1-2 hours a week to read, you should be fine.

2. Will there be any in-person meetings of the book club?

No, the book club will be entirely online. You can participate anywhere you have Internet access and on days and times that are convenient to you.

3. Is there any cost to participate?

Participation is free for all students, faculty, staff and alumni.

4. How do I get the books?

A limited amount of books are available for loan at the Main Campus and Little Rock-South libraries. Additionally, books are available for purchase with a 15% UA-PTC discount at Pyramid Books in Little Rock. Participants can also check out books for free at their local library or purchase digital or audio versions online.

5. How do book club discussions work?

The book club will meet at the beginning of each month at noon through Microsoft Teams. A moderator will pose questions and facilitate the conversation. Additionally, a forum in Microsoft Teams will be provided to allow book club members to post and share relevant articles and discussion topics from the book. This format allows for ongoing conversation and makes it easy for readers to connect with each other through the forum.

6. What if my question isn't answered?

Feel free to contact Carita Alexander at (501) 812-2811 or e-mail [email protected].

7. What are the meeting dates for the year?

December 3 at noon is the last meeting for 2021. Dates for 2022 will be posted soon.

The Chat & Chew Virtual Book Club Series was planned and initiated by the Chancellor’s Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. For more information, contact Carita Alexander at (501) 812-2811 or e-mail [email protected].