The Harvard University Native American Program and the Harvard Art Museums present a reading and conversation with Joy Harjo, the 23rd poet laureate of the United States.
Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer, who is a member of the Mvskoke Nation and belongs to Oce Vpofv (Hickory Ground). The author of nine books of poetry, several plays and children’s books, and a memoir (Crazy Brave), she has received many honors, including the Ruth Lilly Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation, the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, a PEN USA Literary Award, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund Writers’ Award, a Rasmuson U.S. Artists Fellowship, two NEA fellowships, and a Guggenheim fellowship. Harjo is chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. She is executive editor of the anthology When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, released in 2020. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she is a Tulsa Artist Fellow.