Native Americans and the National Consciousness: Virtual Reading and Conversation with Joy Harjo

The Harvard University Native American Program and the Harvard Art Museums present a reading and conversation with Joy Harjo, the 23rd poet laureate of the United States.

Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer, who is a member of the Mvskoke Nation and belongs to Oce Vpofv (Hickory Ground). The author of nine books of poetry, several plays and children’s books, and a memoir ("Crazy Brave"), she has received many honors, including the Ruth Lilly Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation, the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, a PEN USA Literary Award, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund Writers’ Award, a Rasmuson U.S. Artists Fellowship, two NEA fellowships, and a Guggenheim fellowship. Harjo is chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. She is executive editor of the anthology "When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry," released in 2020. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she is a Tulsa Artist Fellow.

Speakers will include:

  • Joy Harjo, 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States
  • Joseph P. Gone, Faculty Director of the Harvard University Native American Program and Professor of Anthropology and of Global Health and Social Medicine
  • Elizabeth Solomon, Director of Administration in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Robin Kelsey, Dean of Arts and Humanities and Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography
  • Philip Deloria, Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History


Joy Harjo presents a reading of "Perhaps the World Ends Here: Link
This program will take place online via Zoom. Free admission, but registration is required.

April 5, 2021

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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