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.”

June 23, 2022
June 21, 2022, Publishers Weekly
Joy Harjo Receive 2022 Academy of American Poets Leadership Award

The Acad­e­my of Amer­i­can Poets will present its 2022 Lead­er­ship Award in poet­ry to Joy Har­jo.

May 26, 2022, 102.3 KRMG Tulsa's News & Talk
Leon Russell, Joy Harjo named to Oklahoma Hall of Fame

TUL­SA, Okla. — Okla­homa natives Leon Rus­sell and Joy Har­jo have been added to the Okla­homa Hall of Fame.

Har­jo is a poet and musi­cian from Tul­sa. She picked up the sax­o­phone at age 40, and has been hon­ored and…

May 25, 2022, The New Yorker
May 11, 2022, The Black Wall Street Times
May 11, 2022, The New Yorker
"Sundown Walks to the Edge of the Story"

A new poem by Joy Har­jo in The New York­er’s May 9 2022 Issue

May 09, 2022
Joy Harjo On Being Named Artist-In-Residence At The New Bob Dylan Center

Har­jo, who has recent­ly com­plet­ed her third and final term as U.S. Poet Lau­re­ate, was born Tul­sa, Okla­homa, where the new Bob Dylan Cen­ter (BDC) will have its grand open­ing this Tues­day. So it’s very…

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