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Knight Foundation Art + Research Center Keynote Lecture: Joy Harjo

Art + Research
Special Event
Sat, Feb 18, 2023
Poet Laureate of the United States Joy Harjo, June 6, 2019. Photo by Shawn Miller. Poet Laureate of the United States Joy Harjo, June 6, 2019. Photo by Shawn Miller.

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Through examples from artists in her family, Joy Harjo will investigate the powerful weave of the story field, and discover how art sustains and grows culture and connection.

About Joy Harjo

In 2019, Joy Harjo was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold the position and only the second person to serve three terms in the role. Harjo’s nine books of poetry include An American Sunrise, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. She is also the author of two memoirs, Crazy Brave and Poet Warrior, which invites us to travel along the heartaches, losses, and humble realizations of her “poet-warrior” road. She has edited several anthologies of Native American writing including When the Light of the World was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through — A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, and Living Nations, Living Words, the companion anthology to her signature poet laureate project.

Her many writing awards include the 2019 Jackson Prize from the Poets & Writers, the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation, the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Board of Directors Chair of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and is artist-in-residence for the Bob Dylan Center. A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally; her most recent album is I Pray For My Enemies. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

About the Knight Foundation Art+Research Center Keynote Lecture

The Art + Research Center’s Knight Keynote is part of its commitment to contribute to the city’s public discourse and cultural landscape. Every winter, A+RC brings to Miami distinguished national and international voices to discuss relevant and pressing topics in our fast-changing society. Generous support for this program is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.