S9, E2: Writer James Bird on supporting diverse voices
October 12, 2020
Jennifer Niven thought James Bird would be a perfect fit for The Listen Podcast, and she could not have been more on point! James has a strong sure voice, and he is using it – to speak up for indigenous people, for children, and for all those who need our support.
“First I wanna connect with my tribe, with my blood.” (James, 9:51)
Bird’s most recent book, The Brave, focuses on a young man struggling in school who is encouraged to drop out by his own guidance counselor. He does just that, backpacking across the country to return to his roots – the Ojibwe tribe in Minnesota.
To find out more about James’ work and his unique point of view, you can listen to the full interview below. You can also find him on social media – links below – where he posts oodles of photos of his son Wolf.
James Bird is a Native American author from the Ojibwe tribe. He was born and raised in Southern California and began his writing career penning screenplays and directing such films as Eat Spirit Eat, From Above, Honeyglue and We Are Boats. He met his wife, New York Times Bestselling Author Adriana Mather, at a nightclub in Hollywood. Together they moved to the east coast, where they both write books, rescue animals, and raise their son, Wolf. James’ favorite food is Rice Krispy treats and his favorite color is green. His goals in life are to be a great dad, one day open a vegan diner, and write enough books to fill up a bookshelf.