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.”

January 24, 2022, Mvskoke Media
State political fights, changes, achievements

Mvskoke poet, author and musi­cian Joy Har­jo has yet anoth­er hon­or added to her resume: First Artist In Res­i­dence at the Bob Dylan Cen­ter in Tul­sa. The Cen­ter is a nation­al archive for the var­i­ous works of the inter­na­tion­al­ly known…

January 20, 2022, News 9
Bob Dylan Center Announces Partnership With US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

TUL­SA, Okla­homa — U.S. Poet Lau­re­ate and Tul­sa native Joy Har­jo will be an artist-in-res­i­dence for the planned Bob Dylan Cen­ter Down­town Tul­sa. The muse­um said Har­jo will present edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams, orga­nize per­for­mances and curate spe­cial exhibits. The Bob Dylan…

January 17, 2022, The Daily Beast
Poet Laureate Joy Harjo Rewrites America’s Myths

The first Native Amer­i­can poet lau­re­ate has mar­ried writ­ing to a spir­i­tu­al quest, and she plays a mean sax­o­phone. Read more on The Dai­ly Beast

January 14, 2022, Writers & Company - CBC Radio
U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo pays homage to art and ancestors in her new memoir, Poet Warrior

Joy Har­jo speaks with Eleanor Wach­tel of CBC Radio’s Writ­ers & Com­pa­ny pod­cast — aired on Jan­u­ary 142022.

January 13, 2022, The Poetry Magazine Podcast
Suzi F. Garcia in Conversation with Joy Harjo

The Poet­ry Mag­a­zine Pod­cast fea­tures poets and artists in their nat­ur­al form — read­ing poems and speak­ing freely. Lis­ten to Joy Har­jo’s inter­view here

January 13, 2022, Native News Online
Joy Harjo is Teaching an Online MasterClass in Poetic Thinking

Poet­ry became my activism, my own way of pro­cess­ing and deal­ing with the Native rights move­ments,” Har­jo explains in a sneak peak trail­er to her Mas­ter­Class. It goes where words can­not go, speaks what words can­not speak.” Learn more…

January 06, 2022, PR Newswire
MasterClass Announces Class on Poetic Thinking With U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

SAN FRAN­CIS­CO, JAN. 6, 2022 /​PRNewswire/​— Mas­ter­Class, the stream­ing plat­form where any­one can learn from the world’s best across a wide range of sub­jects, today announced the launch of award-win­ning poet and musi­cian Joy Har­jo’s class on poet­ic thinking.

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