US Poet Laureate Harjo Reads Native Nations Poetry

Thu, September 24, 2020
4:30 PM
Pomona, CA
Pomona College - Indigeneities Speaker Series
The Humanities Studio Zoom Lounge

U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo Reads Native Nations Poetry

Thursday, September 24, 2020 | 4:30 p.m. PDT | Humanities Studio Zoom Lounge (link posted here)

The Humanities Studio welcomes Joy Harjo, 2019-2021 United States Poet Laureate, to present a reading of Native Nations poetry in the second episode in our 2020-21 "Indigeneities" Speakers Series.

Harjo will read from her edited volume, When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through, which gathers the work of more than 160 poets representing nearly 100 indigenous nations in the first historically comprehensive Native poetry anthology. She will also read from her own work and share the process of putting this landmark collection together.

Joy Harjo’s nine books of poetry include An American Sunrise, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. Harjo’s memoir Crazy Brave won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. She is the recipient of the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation for Lifetime Achievement, the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets for proven mastery in the art of poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the United States Artist Fellowship. In 2014 she was inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally, solo and with her band, the Arrow Dynamics. She has five award-winning CDs of music including the award-winning album Red Dreams, A Trail Beyond Tears and Winding Through the Milky Way, which won a Native American Music Award for Best Female Artist of the Year in 2009. Harjo’s latest is a book of poetry from Norton, An American Sunrise. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The event is free and open to the public. To participate, visit The Humanities Studio Zoom Lounge (link is on the website's Event page: on Thursday, September 24 at 4:30 p.m. PDT.