Joy Harjo, the first Native American to be appointed US Poet Laureate, is a musician and author of nine books of poetry including An American Sunrise, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings and She Had Some Horses.
Joy uses her poems as a bridge to open discussions around indigeneity while reminding people that "poetry belongs to everyone." She describes her work as "confronting the kind of society that would diminish Native people, disappear us from the story of this country."
Her memoir Crazy Brave won the Pen USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the United States Artist Fellowship.
Join Joy and Aotearoa poet Selina Tusitala Marsh for an evening of poetry, politics and what it means to be the voice of American verse today.
Thanks to The Embassy of The United States of America.