Joy Harjo, Poet Laureate of the United States

Joy Harjo, Poet Laureate of the United States

 Arts OC

The Creative Edge - 2020

Bringing renowned thought-leaders on creativity and innovation to inspire our own work as artists, educators, and community leaders each year since 2010.

11th Annual Creative Edge Lecture

Joy 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. 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 Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation for Lifetime Achievement, 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 Writers 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 Dreams, A 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 lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Joy Harjo was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States by the Librarian of Congress in 2019.

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Event Details

  • When: Friday, February 28, 2020, 10 a.m.
  • Where: Irvine Barclay Theatre & Cheng Hall
  • Organizer: Julia Lupton (email)
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