For more than 30 years, poet Joy Harjo, of Muskogee Nation heritage, has evoked the landscape of the Southwest with language steeped in American native cultures and visionary lyricism. From ancient, earth-centered rituals to contemporary challenges, she explores the lives and experiences of indigenous Americans with poignant, poetic brilliance. Harjo’s many-faceted artistic life includes the poetry collections She Had Some Horses and the American Book–award winning In Mad Love and War, as well as her new memoir Crazy Brave and stints playing saxophone in Joy Harjo and the Arrow Dynamics Band. Harjo traces her journey from a hardscrabble Oklahoma childhood and shares the poetry that has made her one of the most compelling and treasured voices in indigenous American literature.
This program is presented in partnership with the Poetry Foundation.