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Inside Scoop | Joy Harjo

Event Type
Other
Sponsor
Humanities Research Institute, co-hosted by Native American House
Location
Levis Faculty Center, Room 210
Date
Apr 24, 2024   12:00 pm  
Registration
Registration required
Contact
Humanities Research Institute
E-Mail
info-hri@illinois.edu
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HRI

Undergraduates of any major are invited to this informal lunch talk with Joy Harjo, (23rd United States Poet Laureate; member of the Muscogee [Creek] Nation). Advanced registration required.

About the Speaker

In 2019, Joy Harjo was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold the position and only the second person to serve three terms in the role. Harjo’s nine books of poetry include Weaving Sundown in a Scarlett LightAn American Sunrise, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. She is also the author of two memoirs, Crazy Brave and Poet Warrior, which invites us to travel along the heartaches, losses, and humble realizations of her “poet-warrior” road. She has edited several anthologies of Native American writing including When the Light of the World was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through — A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, and Living Nations, Living Words, the companion anthology to her signature poet laureate project. Her many writing awards include the 2024 Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Society of America, the 2022 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2019 Jackson Prize from Poets & Writers, the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation, the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Board of Directors Chair of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and is artist-in-residence for the Bob Dylan Center. A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally; her most recent album is I Pray For My Enemies. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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