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.”

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Ocmul­gee Mounds is a spe­cial place. I mean, it’s part of our Musco­gee peo­ple. It’s part of our sto­ry roots. A part of our home­lands,” Joy Har­jo, for­mer US Poet Lau­re­ate and mem­ber of the Muscogee…

September 24, 2023, Mvskoke Media
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Har­jo was the fea­tured speak­er and read­er at the recent Joy of Read­ing” Indige­nous Read­ers Event mid-Sep­tem­ber. It was aimed at stu­dents in Pre‑k to the 12th grade.” 

August 22, 2023, Native News Online
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Leg­endary Musco­gee (Creek) Nation poet Joy Har­jo is head­lin­ing the fes­ti­val with a per­for­mance that includes spo­ken word and music. Har­jo is a renowned per­former and writer who served three terms as the 23rd Poet Lau­re­ate of the Unit­ed States.

August 22, 2023, Native News Online
Photos from the 101st Santa Fe Indian Market

Native News Online was on the ground this week­end to cap­ture all of the excite­ment at the 101st Sante Fe Indi­an Mar­ket, where crowds of more than 100, 000 gath­ered to cel­e­brate Native Amer­i­can cul­ture, fash­ion and art. 

July 06, 2023, PBS
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Hol­ly­wood Records has released the orig­i­nal song We Are Amer­i­ca from Onyx Collective’s doc­u­men­tary film Anthem” which is now stream­ing on Hulu in the Unit­ed States and on Dis­ney+ in many coun­tries includ­ing the Unit­ed King­dom, Cana­da, and Australia.

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