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.”

November 18, 2022, Tulsa World
Harjo, Hardesty, Cadieux among Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductees

Joy Har­jo induct­ed into the Okla­homa Hall of Fame, Novem­ber 2022

November 18, 2022, The Wall Street Journal
Joy Harjo Found a "Portal to Grace" in Poetry

From the Wall Street Jour­nal’s Week­end Con­fi­den­tial, 11/18/22:

The first Native to serve as U.S. Poet Lau­re­ate believes that poems can give us new ways to speak with each oth­er’ at a time of division.

November 17, 2022, KALW Public Media
Binah: Tommy Orange / Joy Harjo

Author Tom­my Orange dis­cuss­es the plight of the urban Native Amer­i­can, cou­pled with a com­plex and painful his­to­ry but also an inher­i­tance of pro­found beau­ty and spir­i­tu­al­i­ty. Also, for­mer US Poet Lau­re­ate Joy Har­jo per­forms her poet­ry in song.

November 15, 2022, Houston Chronicle
Joy Harjo, US poet laureate, talks career and new poem collection ahead of Houston visit

Joy Har­jo has always cut her own path. So the new Weav­ing Sun­down in a Scar­let Light” isn’t like oth­er poet­ry ret­ro­spec­tives. At 127 pages — includ­ing a San­dra Cis­neros fore­word, notes on the poems and oth­er pages with­out poems…

November 15, 2022, Houston Matters with Craig Cohen
Houston Matters with Craig Cohen

Nov. 14, 2022: On Monday’s show: We talk with Joy Har­jo, the first Native Amer­i­can U.S. Poet Lau­re­ate (begin­ning at 23 min 48 sec) 

November 04, 2022, Journal Review
November is Native American Heritage Month

Unit­ed States Poet Lau­re­ate for 2019, Joy Harjo’s Poet war­rior: a mem­oir” is a med­i­ta­tion on love, grief, jus­tice and heal­ing in her rela­tion­ship with her fam­i­ly, her cul­ture and her art. 

November 02, 2022, Book Riot

These poems tak­en from half a cen­tu­ry of Harjo’s work show the powerful…

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