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Joy Harjo

Distinguished Visiting Writer 2017

About Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo’s eight books of poetry include Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. Harjo’s memoir Crazy Brave won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. She is the recipient of the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets for proven mastery in the art of poetry; a Guggenheim Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the United States Artist Fellowship. In 2014 she was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally, solo and with her band, the Arrow Dynamics. She has five award-winning CDs of music including the award-winning album Red DreamsA Trail Beyond Tears and Winding Through the Milky Way, which won a Native American Music Award for Best Female Artist of the Year in 2009. She is Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Find Events with Joy Harjo

Date: Friday, December 1, 2017 - 7:00pm
Location: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type & Genre: Reading; Poetry
Literary legends Rita Dove, Sandra Cisneros, and Joy Harjo discuss and celebrate their respective and collective impacts of their work over the year with host Natalie Diaz. Presented in by the University of Arizona Poetry Center in partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum and ArchiTEXTS: Conversations Across Languages.

Legacies: A Conversation with Sandra Cisneros, Rita Dove, and Joy Harjo
Sandra Cisneros, Rita Dove, Joy Harjo, Natalie Diaz

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 1:30pm
Location: Beus Center for Law and Society Rm. 140, Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix, 111 E Taylor St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type & Genre: ;
Three legends come together for the first time to discuss their paths through the American literary landscape. Hosted by Natalie Diaz.