Joy Harjo

Left: Joy Harjo by Paul Abdoo. Right: An American Sunrise, courtesy of the publisher.

Words and Ideas

Celebrating Earth Day with US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

An American Sunrise | Virtual Talk

Thursday, April 22, 7:00 pm (PT)

About the Program

In honor of Earth Day, hear esteemed poet Joy Harjo read selections from her vast body of work—including from her latest book of poetry, An American Sunrise. A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Harjo is the first Native American to be named Poet Laureate of the United States.

Joining in conversation with literary curator Louise Steinman (pictured below), Harjo explores the ways her poems create a dialogue with history: finding blessings in the abundance of her homeland and thrumming with quiet anger at living in the ruins of injustice.

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“[Joy Harjo’s] poetry is light and elixir, the very best prescription for us in wounded times.”—Sandra Cisneros, author

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