Episode #15 of #ChimeInWithAWJ is LIVE! It was such a pleasure to interview Marilou Awiakta, internationally known writer and poet, who shares a lifetime of wisdom with us.

We dive into Marilou’s rich experience of what it was like to grow up in what many have called “the secret city,” Oak Ridge, Tennessee, while her father worked on the Manhattan Project, which was building the atomic bomb. We discuss how her writing and poetry are heavily influenced by her Cherokee, Scots-Irish and Appalachian heritage.  We also explore how she eloquently weaves together into her works the duality of her experience, while growing up amongst the majestic Smoky Mountains on the atomic frontier. Other highlights include:

❣️ The importance of returning to nature
❣️ Celebrating the women in our life
❣️ Lifting up the gifts and skill sets of other women
❣️ How we are being called back to the “balance of life”
❣️ The power of language
❣️ The importance of being mindful about the words
… and more!

This interview is filled with so many insights and remarkable history… I cannot wait for you to listen! Link in bio.

Marilou Awiakta is an internationally known poet and writer who brought poetry workshops to women’s prisons. She co-founded Far Away Cherokee Association, which is now the Native American Intertribal Association. Marilou has won the Distinguished Tennessee Writer Award and the Appalachian Heritage Writers Award. She made history in 2020 as one of 10 women chosen from Tennessee and 500 nationwide for USA Today’s Women of the Century, recognizing women who helped change the world.