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A new poetry collection from 'Deej' and a farewell to Greg Brown

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

Award winning poet and activist DJ Savarese has a new poetry collection called Swoon. Savarese is autistic and non-speaking- but he is a powerful communicator. Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe speaks with Savarese about his poetry and his activism.

Plus teacher and co-founder of the 1619 Freedom School Sheritta Stokes discusses the Black Men Read program in her school district, and folk musician Greg Brown reflects on his long career ahead of a two-day series of retirement performances at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City.


  • DJ Savarese, poet and activist
  • Sheritta Stokes, teacher and co-founder of the 1619 Freedom School
  • Greg Brown, folk singer-songwriter, guitarist and Iowan
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Karen Impola is the host of IPR's The Folk Tree
Caitlin Troutman is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio
Katherine Perkins is IPR's Program Director for News and Talk