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.”

May 28, 2024, University of St. Andrews News
Armando Iannucci in the thick of it for St Andrews graduations

Har­jo, the first Native Amer­i­can Indi­an to be appoint­ed a Unit­ed States Poet Lau­re­ate, will join more than 2500 stu­dents from across the globe cel­e­brat­ing being award­ed their degrees at the Uni­ver­si­ty of St Andrews at the begin­ning of next month.

May 28, 2024
Six receive honorary degrees

Har­jo among the six receiv­ing an hon­orary degree from Har­vard University 

May 28, 2024, The Brown Daily Herald
May 04, 2024
Brown to confer honorary degrees on nine distinguished leaders at Commencement 2024

Brown Uni­ver­si­ty will con­fer hon­orary doc­tor­ates on nine can­di­dates who have achieved great dis­tinc­tion in a vari­ety of fields. Joy Har­jo is among these nine candidates. 

April 20, 2024, The Hopkins Review
March 29, 2024, NPR
March 05, 2024, Indian Country Today
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We humans are sto­ry mak­ers. We become part of a matrix of sto­ries when we accept breath. We are con­nect­ed to the sto­ries of every crea­ture, plant, and oth­er beings. We are each giv­en the task to bring under­stand­ing and…

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