Contributor Profile

Joy Harjo


Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and was named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019. She is the first Native American poet laureate. Harjo's many honors as a poet include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, the Josephine Miles Poetry Award, the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the American Indian Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award. She has received fellowships from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rasmuson Foundation, and the Witter Bynner Foundation. In 2017 she was awarded the Ruth Lilly Prize in Poetry. As a performer, Harjo is accomplished as a vocalist, saxophonist, and player of Native flute. She has released five award-winning albums of original music and has performed at major venues across the U.S. Her presentations often transport audiences to a place vibrant with ideas, verse, history, and music.

Conference Sessions

  • Adult Book & Author Breakfast

    05/28/2020, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM, Main Stage

    Five of the most important and varied voices in 2020 adult literature will take the stage together for the annual Adult Book & Author Breakfast on Thursday, May...

    • Language: English

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