Jacki Lyden

Jacki Lyden. Photo by Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post

Listeners to NPR will recognize Jacki Lyden’s voice from her signature work there for decades. From 1979 until 2014, Lyden was a host, correspondent, and essayist for NPR. She is a former Middle East and foreign correspondent. Since leaving the staff in 2014, she has contributed dozens of freelance pieces to NPR, including the series, “Seminole People of the Cloth: A Patchwork History,” with a grant from the Florida Humanities Council, 2015-2017. On www.TheSeams.org, a platform she created for her NPR stories, you can see and hear over a dozen of these pieces. Lyden is author of the memoir, Daughter of the Queen of Sheba, (Houghton Mifflin, 1997) which chronicles her growing up in the presence of her mother’s profound and colorful mental illness in rural Wisconsin. She is currently at work on Sheba, Dark and Lovely, a follow up which looks at the impact of mental health, now complicated by aging issues. Her struggle to brace up a frail parent is lifelong, the “great balancing” act of life.” The new memoir will be completed by spring of 2018.

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