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Living Nations, Living Words

An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry

Collected and with an Introduction by Joy Harjo, 23rd U.S. Poet Laureate

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Joy Harjo, the first Native poet to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate, has championed the voices of Native peoples past and present. Her signature laureate project gathers the work of contemporary Native poets into a national, fully digital map of story, sound, and space, celebrating their vital and unequivocal contributions to American poetry.

This companion anthology features each poem and poet from the project to offer readers a chance to hold the wealth of poems in their hands. With work from Natalie Diaz, Ray Young Bear, Craig Santos Perez, Sherwin Bitsui, Layli Long Soldier, among others, Living Nations, Living Words showcases, as Joy Harjo writes in her stirring introduction, “poetry [that] emerges from the soul of a community, the heart and lands of the people. In this country, poetry is rooted in the more than 500 living indigenous nations. Living Nations, Living Words is a representative offering.”

February 13, 2024, BNN
Rising Indigenous Voices: Reconnecting with Ancestral Lands and Preserving Cultural Heritage

As a mem­ber of the Musco­gee (Creek) Nation, Har­jo has made her mark in the lit­er­ary world with her poet­ry, plays, chil­dren’s books, mem­oirs, and music albums. Her col­lab­o­ra­tion with Goade on the book REMEM­BER’ invites young read­ers to reflect…

February 11, 2024, OU Daily
Gaylord College to honor Joy Harjo with Lumine Lifetime Achievement Award

Joy Har­jo, the 23rd poet lau­re­ate of the Unit­ed States, will be award­ed Gay­lord Col­lege of Jour­nal­ism and Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion’s 2024 Lumine Life­time Achieve­ment Award,

February 10, 2024, Poetry Society
Announcing the 2024 Frost Medalist, Joy Harjo

The Poet­ry Soci­ety of Amer­i­ca is pleased to announce that Joy Har­jo is the 2024 recip­i­ent of the Frost Medal for dis­tin­guished life­time achieve­ment in poet­ry. Named for Robert Frost, and first giv­en in 1930, the Frost Medal is one…

February 07, 2024, The Boston Globe
February 05, 2024, The Washington Post
Remembering the Man Made of Words

Joy Har­jo reflects on N. Scott Moma­day for the Wash­ing­ton Post

January 15, 2024, El Pais
Native American culture matters
After years of Black expres­sion fol­low­ing the mur­der of George Floyd, Indige­nous cre­ativ­i­ty has expe­ri­enced an awak­en­ing across the Unit­ed States, from art exhi­bi­tions in Wash­ing­ton, to series such as Reser­va­tion Dogs’
January 03, 2024, El País
Native American culture matters
After years of Black expres­sion fol­low­ing the mur­der of George Floyd, Indige­nous cre­ativ­i­ty has expe­ri­enced an awak­en­ing across the Unit­ed States, from art exhi­bi­tions in Wash­ing­ton, to series such as Reser­va­tion Dogs’ … and…
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