Joy Harjo

In 2019, Joy Harjo was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold the position and only the second person to serve three terms in the role.


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. She is also the author of two memoirs, Crazy Brave and Poet Warrior, which invites us to travel along the heartaches, losses, and humble realizations of her “poet-warrior” road. She has edited several anthologies of Native American writing including When the Light of the World was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through — A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, and Living Nations, Living Words, the companion anthology to her signature poet laureate project. Her many writing awards include the 2019 Jackson Prize from the Poetry Society of America, the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation, the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Board of Directors Chair of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and holds a Tulsa Artist Fellowship. A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally; her most recent album is I Pray For My Enemies. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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En el 2019, Joy Harjo fue nombrada la vigesimotercera United States Poet Laureate. Es la primera persona nativa americana en tener el título y la segunda persona que lo ha tenido durante tres periodos consecutivos. Los nueve libros de poesía de Harjo incluyen An American Sunrise [Un amanecer norteamericano], Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings [Resolución de conflictos para seres santos], How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems [Cómo nos convertimos en humanos: Poemas nuevos y seleccionados] y She Had Some Horses [Ella tenía algunos caballos]. También es autora de dos libros de memorias, Crazy Brave [Valiente hasta la locura] y Poet Warrior [Guerrera poeta], que nos invitan a viajar por los dolores emocionales, las pérdidas y los humildes momentos de entendimiento en su camino como “guerrera poeta”. Ha editado varias antologías de escritura nativa americana entre las que están When the Light of the World was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through — A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry [Cuando las luces del mundo se atenuaron, nuestras canciones se escucharon: Antología Norton de poesía de las naciones nativas] y Living Nations, Living Words [Naciones vivas, palabras vivas], la antología que acompañó su proyecto como poeta laureada de Estados Unidos. Entre sus muchos premios de escritura están el Jackson Prize de la Poetry Society of America del 2019, el Ruth Lilly Prize de la Poetry Foundation, el  Wallace Stevens Award de la Academy of American Poets del 2015 y el William Carlos Williams Award de la Poetry Society of America. Es canciller de la Academy of American Poets, presidenta de la junta directiva de la Native Arts & Cultures Foundation y es becaria de la Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Harjo, quien también es una reconocida artista musical, toca el saxofón a nivel nacional e internacional. Su álbum más reciente es I Pray For My Enemies [Rezo por mis enemigos]. Vive en Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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