The Muscogee (Creek) Nation wants to celebrate Joy Harjo’s tenure as a three term 23rd U.S. Poet Laureate by a celebratory gathering just west of the Mound Building on the evening of August 26.
Harjo’s final term ended in April with a celebration from the Library of Congress that showcased her best work and even included a dance party.
According to Program Manager with the MCN Cultural Center and Archives ShaVon Agee, the MCN wanted to host a celebration for Harjo that somewhat replicated the celebration from the Library of Congress that was held on April 29.
Attendees may have the chance to meet Harjo but according to Agee, there is no plan for her to perform or sign autographs. The department is leaving the decision at her discretion.
The event will include a silent auction that will benefit the Joy Harjo Scholarship, dancing with music from DJ Werewolf, 20 arts and crafts vendors, and hor d’oeuvers made by Rez-Served that will include traditional and cultural recipes.
Michael Taylor will play saxophone for an opening performance starting at 7 p.m.