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Joy Harjo

Joy Har­jo is the author of ten books of poet­ry, includ­ing her most recent,  Weav­ing Sun­down in a Scar­let Light: Fifty Poems for Fifty Years (2022), the high­ly acclaimed  An Amer­i­can Sun­rise (2019), which was a 2020 Okla­homa Book Award Win­ner,  Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion for Holy Beings (2015), which was short­list­ed for the Grif­fin Prize and named a Notable Book of the Year by the Amer­i­can Library Asso­ci­a­tion, and  In Mad Love and War (1990), which received an Amer­i­can Book Award and the Del­more Schwartz Memo­r­i­al Award. Her first mem­oir,  Crazy Brave, was award­ed the PEN USA Lit­er­ary Award in Cre­ative Non Fic­tion and the Amer­i­can Book Award, and her sec­ond,  Poet War­rior: A Mem­oir, was released from W.W. Nor­ton in Fall 2021.

She has pub­lished three award-win­n­ing children’s books,  Remem­ber,  The Good Luck Cat and  Remem­ber, For a Girl Becom­ing poet­ry col­lab­o­ra­tion with photographer/​astronomer Stephen Strom,  Secrets From The Cen­ter of The World; an anthol­o­gy of North Amer­i­can Native women’s writ­ing,  Rein­vent­ing The Ene­my’s Lan­guage ; sev­er­al screen­plays and col­lec­tions of prose inter­views, includ­ing her recent  Catch­ing the Light; and three plays, includ­ing  Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morn­ing Light, A Play, which she toured as a one-woman show and was pub­lished by Wes­lyan Press. 

She is Exec­u­tive Edi­tor of the 2020 anthol­o­gy  When the Light of the World was Sub­dued, Our Songs Came Through — A Nor­ton Anthol­o­gy of Native Nations Poet­ry;and the edi­tor of  Liv­ing Nations, Liv­ing Words: An Anthol­o­gy of First Peo­ples Poet­ry, the com­pan­ion anthol­o­gy to her  sig­na­ture Poet Lau­re­ate projector fea­tur­ing a sam­pling of work by 47 Native Nations poets through an inter­ac­tive ArcGIS Sto­ry Map and a new­ly devel­oped Library of Con­gress audio collection.

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