An Evening with Joy Harjo

November 6, 2020 6:30 pm


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In this poetry reading with commentary, Joy Harjo discusses the importance of safe spaces for everyone.

Want to read Joy’s books? Check out her back-catalogue at our partner bookstore, Magic City Books:

Moderated by Patrycja Humienik. Patrycja, daughter of Polish immigrants, is a poet, performance artist, and facilitator. She works in service of underrepresented students, faculty, and staff in the Graduate School’s Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity at the University of Washington. Patrycja is also Events Director for The Seventh Wave, a literary nonprofit at the intersection of art and social issues. She holds a BA in Creative Writing, and certificate in Peace & Conflict Studies, from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and an MA in Communication from the University of Colorado-Denver.

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About the speaker

Joy Harjo

23rd Poet Lau­re­ate of the Unit­ed States

Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and was named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019.

The author of nine books of poetry, several plays and children’s books, and a memoir, Crazy Brave, her many honors include the Ruth Lily Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award, a PEN USA Literary Award, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund Writers’ Award, a Rasmuson US Artist Fellowship, two NEA fellowships, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Harjo is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and is a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she is a Tulsa Artist Fellow.  

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