It has been awhile since I have been haunted by a song. When I first heard the Miles Davis Sketches of Spain album I was living in a concrete block apartment during a rough winter in Iowa City with two young children and few resources. I was caught in the need to flee the damp […]
A wonderful piece of news! The Passigli edition of Un delta nella pelle won one of the most important poetry prizes – IL PREMIO CAMAIOR! http://www.passiglieditori.it/un-delta-nella-pelle-di-joy-harjo-vince-il-premio-internazionale-camaiore Translated page (to English): https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=it&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.passiglieditori.it%2Fun-delta-nella-pelle-di-joy-harjo-vince-il-premio-internazionale-camaiore
Bringing Traditional Themes Into Contemporary Writing Critics call Joy Harjo “the first lady of American Indian poetry.” But Harjo is more than a poet. She is also an author, musician and playwright. She is a native of Oklahoma and a member of the Mvskoke (Muscogee) Nation. LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
I have been wrestling with what to say and how to say it ever since I first heard of the shunning directed at one of our very successful young native woman poets. And now there’s another being singled out, for similar reasons: accomplishments. I have been watching, thinking that after the first time some collective […]
The saxophone is so human. Its tendency is to be rowdy, edgy, talk too loud, bump into people, say the wrong words at the wrong time. But then, you take a breath, all the way from the center of the earth and blow. All that heartache is forgiven. All that love we humans carry makes […]
Joy Harjo in a full clear reading of her work in the formative place where she first really took up writing, here in New Mexico. Introduction by Gus Blaisdell, proprietor of the Living Batch Bookstore in Albuquerque. I recorded this on my little Sony Professional cassette recorder. — Larry Goodell
This year’s Lilly Prize winner discusses the intersection of poetry and music, as well as the women’s rights and Indigenous rights movements that much her poetry is borne out of.