U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

APR 19, 2022

Check out the recording of Day 3 of our Poetry Pop-Up session to hear:

  • 1

    Joy read some of her poems, and explain the inspiration behind her work

  • 2

    Her journey into poetry and how she became U.S. Poet Laureate

  • 3

    Advice she has for young writers interested in creating their own poetry

Speaker Details

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Joy Harjo

Current U.S. Poet Laureate

In 2019, Joy Harjo was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold the position. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is the author of nine books of poetry, several plays and children’s books, and two memoirs.

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