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NSU to host poetry reading featuring acclaimed poet Joy Harjo

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Posted at 5:30 PM, Sep 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-13 18:33:11-04

TAHLEQUAH, OKLA. — The Northeastern State University Center for Women’s Studies and Department of Languages and Literature are hosting a poetry reading, “An Evening with Joy Harjo,” featuring U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo.

Born in Tulsa, Harjo is an internationally known award-winning poet, writer, performer and saxophone player of the Muscogee Creek Nation.

In 2014, she was inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame.

“We are incredibly honored that Joy Harjo has agreed to visit NSU,” Dr. Suzanne Farmer, director of the Center for Women’s Studies, said. “Her poetry is beautiful and lends a voice to indigenous peoples in our country who are so often marginalized in our society at large. Her writing very much resonates with a large portion of our student body and the wider community.”

A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally, solo and with her band, the Arrow Dynamics.

In 2019, Joy Harjo was appointed the 23rd U.S. Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold the position.

She has five award-winning CD's of music, including “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 has written nine books of poetry, including “An American Sunrise,” “Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings,” “How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems” and “She Had Some Horses.” She also wrote “Crazy Brave,” her memoir that won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award.

Harjo’s latest is a book of poetry from Norton, “An American Sunrise.”

The event will be held on Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. in the Webb Auditorium on the Tahlequah campus at NSU.

The poetry reading and book signing is free and open to the public.

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