We're delighted to once again partner with the Attleboro Public Library, hosting a virtual event with U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. Hear internationally renowned performer, writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, and three time US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo discuss the power of poetry and AN AMERICAN SUNRISE. Ms. Harjo, the author of nine books of poetry, several plays and children's books, and two memoirs, CRAZY BRAVE and POET WARRIOR, will also answer questions from the audience.
This is a free event, and a link to register on Crowdcast is available below. Click HERE for a poetry reading from Joy Harjo from her home in Tulsa, OK. She has recorded herself reading a poem she wrote in 2015 entitled, “For Calling the Spirit Back From Wandering the Earth on Its Human Feet,” that she hopes will help others during this time of isolation. She says,”It’s a time to remember who we are and the best poems do that.”
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
A nationally best-selling volume of wise, powerful poetry from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States.
In this stunning collection, Joy Harjo finds blessings in the abundance of her homeland and confronts the site where the Mvskoke people, including her own ancestors, were forcibly displaced. From her memory of her mother’s death, to her beginnings in the Native rights movement, to the fresh road with her beloved, Harjo’s personal life intertwines with tribal histories to create a space for renewed beginnings.
ABOUT THE POET:
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 An 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 2019 Jackson Prize from the Poetry Society of America, 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 holds a Tulsa Artist Fellowship. 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.