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March 17, 2020, ALTA
Joy Harjo reimagines a national narrative in An American Sunrise.

"I take an abiding pleasure in knowing that Joy Harjo is the poet laureate of the United States. After all, Harjo—a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the first Native American to be so honored—speaks for an America I...

December 10, 2019, - Books are Magic
13 Books by Native Writers to be Thankful For

Serena Morales writes of American Sunrise: "Joy Harjo, US Poet Laureate, president of my native heart! I am constantly learning from her and this collection offers no exception."

November 26, 2019, Boston Sunday Globe- Books
October 25, 2019, Publishers Weekly
An American Sunrise

Newly named poet laureate and Ruth Lilly prize–winner Harjo (Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings) intertwines verse with prose vignettes, oral histories, and flash memoirs in this expressive and generous book.

August 13, 2019, The New York Times
From the Country’s New Poet Laureate, Poems Reclaiming Tribal Culture

From the Country’s New Poet Laureate, Poems Reclaiming Tribal Culture

In June, after decades as a significant presence for poetry readers, Joy Harjo was named United States poet laureate.

August 13, 2019, Smithsonian
Joy Harjo’s New Poetry Collection Brings Native Issues to the Forefront

"In An American Sunrise, Harjo’s 16th book of poetry, released by Norton this week, she continues to bear witness to the violence encountered by Native Americans in the aftermath of Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act. Her words express that the...

August 13, 2019, The Washington Post
Joy Harjo’s stunning new collection

"If you read only one book of poems this summer, make it “An American Sunrise” (Norton) by Joy Harjo, the first Native American to be named U.S. poet laureate. In these stunning pages, Harjo, a member of the Muscogee Creek...

August 13, 2019, Vogue
In An American Sunrise, Joy Harjo Confronts Injustice Through Poetry

"...while the subject matter of her new poems continuously hits you in the gut, Harjo brings a sense of resilience..."

August 08, 2019, Washington Examiner
Speaking Poetry with a Pathbreaking Poet Laureate

"America may be getting more polarized, but a good way to talk about political issues, she says, is not through political language, which relies on clichés and prohibits people from understanding each other."

August 06, 2019, NPR
In 'An American Sunrise,' Joy Harjo Speaks With A Timeless Compassion

"Her poems are accessible and easy to read, but making them no less penetrating and powerful, spoken from a deep and timeless source of compassion for all — but also from a very specific and justified well of anger."