Joy Harjo

Photo by Karen Kuehn

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 recipient of multiple awards and honors, most recently she served as executive editor of When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry (2020). Her memoir, Poet Warrior, is forthcoming in fall 2021.

  • A collage composed of three photos. A black and white photograph of a group of black men dressed in suits. A photo of women similarly posed is overlain in the lower left hand corner and a photo of Tulsa burning overlain in the bottom right hand corner.
    Joy Harjo
    Greenwood, by Jimmy Friday, 24 x 36 in. Magazine clippings on poster board. It was the day of brutal winds, all of them ganging up to blow injustice down. They sang the changing weath...
  • An oil painting of mesas and bluffs
    Joy Harjo
    Winter Sun, 2017, oil on wood panel, by Kay WalkingStick. Courtesy of the artist and June Kelly Gallery Bless this land from the top of its head to the bottom of its feet        F...
  • The cover to Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings by Joy Harjo
    Joy Harjo
    New York. W.W. Norton. 2015. 160 pages. This is not merely a book of poetry. These are instructions for the soul, a song to lead the reader home. With Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings...

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