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Biography Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo
Photo credit: Denise Toombs

Joy Harjo, the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States, is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Mvskoke Nation. Harjo is the author of 10 books of poetry, several plays, children's books and two memoirs; she has also produced seven award-winning music albums and edited several anthologies. Her many honors include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Wallace Stevens Award, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Ivan Sandrof Life Achievement Award and a Tulsa Artist fellowship. Her newest poetry collection, “Weaving Sundown in a Scarlet Light: Fifty Poems for Fifty Years,” and her new picture book, “Remember,” illustrated by Michaela Goade, will both be featured at the 2023 National Book Festival.

Selected Works at the Library of Congress

Appearances at the 2023 National Book Festival

Videos from the 2023 National Book Festival