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.
Joy Harjo will be visiting Wake Forest University to facilitate a 3-day Student Writing Workshop and lead an evening poetry reading that is open to the public. This public performance will be on January 26, 2022 at 7 PM in Wait Chapel. Following her performance, Joy Harjo will be hosting a book signing. Admission is free, but registration is required. This event is free and open to the public. Event date and details are subject to change, including cancellation. Public health protocols will be enforced. Masks are required for all attendees. You can register for the public performance here.
This event is sponsored by the following Wake Forest University partners: Office of Sustainability, Department for Religious Studies, Intercultural Center, Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability, SAF, Humanities Institute, English Department, Social Science Research Seminar, Provost’s Fund for Academic Excellence, the Environmental Program and The Program for Leadership & Character.