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Joy Harjo, Poet Laureate of the United States ♥ ★

Tuesday, Nov 16, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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Joy Harjo, Poet Laureate of the United States

Humanities Center  | Nov 16 2021 | 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM  Zoom


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Please join us for a stirring evening of poetry by Joy Harjo, Poet Laureate of the United States. This author event supports the year-long theme, “For a more perfect union?” and contributes to campus-wide discussions of wisdom in the world.

Hear Joy Harjo read her poem, A Map to the Next World.

Hear Professor Alicia Carroll talk about Joy Harjo’s poem.

About Joy Harjo: In 2019, Joy Harjo was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first r to hold the position. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is the author of nine books of poetry, several plays and children’s books, and two memoirs.

Harjo’s poetry collections include An American Sunrise (W.W. Norton, 2019); Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings (2015)—shortlisted for the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize and added to ALA’s 2016 Notable Books List, this book is hailed by Yusef Komunyakaa as “a marvelous instrument that veins through a dark lode of American history”; How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems; and She Had Some Horses.

Her first memoir Crazy Brave (W.W. Norton, 2012) won several awards including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. It was called by Ms Magazine, “The best kind of memoir, an unself-conscious mix of autobiography, spiritual rumination, cultural evaluation, history and political analysis told in simple but authoritative and deeply poetic prose.” Harjo’s second memoir Poet Warrior (W. W. Norton, 2021) invites us to travel along the heartaches, losses, and humble realizations of her “poet-warrior” road.

Co-sponsored by Illuminations, Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion, and Office of Inclusive Excellence.