Joy Harjo: Poetry Reading

February 2, 2018
3:00 pmto4:30 pm

Location: TBD

The UO campus will host Joy Harjo for a poetry reading and other activities on the UO campus on Friday, February 2, 2017, in cooperation with the Eugene Public Library (EPL). The campus visit is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Society, the Native American Studies Program, Common Reading, Division of Undergraduate Studies, and others to be named. The Eugene Public Library is featuring Joy Harjo and her book How We Became Human for the Big Read at their downtown location on Saturday, February 3. More details to come.

Joy Harjo / photo by Karen Kuehn

Joy Harjo’s eight books of poetry include Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. Harjo’s memoir Crazy Brave won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. She is the recipient of the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets for proven mastery in the art of poetry; a Guggenheim Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the United States Artist Fellowship. In 2014 she was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally, solo and with her band, the Arrow Dynamics. She has five award-winning CDs of music including the award-winning album 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. She is Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.