Tuesday, March 31, 4:15 p.m., Main Hall Theatre
“Readings from An American Sunrise”
Joy Harjo, Poet Laureate of the United States
Sponsored by the Kaufman Repage Lecture series
Writer, musician, and current Poet Laureate of the United States, Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma,and is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. An American Sunrise, her eighth collection of poems, revisits the homeland from which her ancestors were uprooted in 1830 as a result of the Indian Removal Act. It is a “profound, brilliantly conceived song cycle, celebrating ancestors, present and future generations, historic endurance and fresh beginnings,” wrote critic Jane Ciabattari. “Rich and deeply engaging, An American Sunrise creates bridges of understanding while reminding readers to face and remember the past,” says the Washington Post. “To read the poetry of Joy Harjo is to hear the voice of the earth, to see the landscape of time and timelessness, and, most important, to get a glimpse of people who struggle to understand, to know themselves, and to survive,” says the Poetry Foundation. “Joy Harjo is a giant-hearted, gorgeous, and glorious gift to the world,” said author Pam Houston. “Her belief in art, in spirit, is so powerful, it can’t help but spill over to us —lucky readers.” Read more about the book on the National Endowment for the Arts “Big Read” website.
Event Parking: Guest parking will be available at the Stadium Lot and Lower Tiers parking lots on a first-come, first-served basis.