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“Harjo’s decision to take risks has paid off in the profound impact she has had through her work. In telling her own story, both the beautiful and the broken parts, Harjo has become a leader. Today she is seen as an icon of the feminist movement and a voice for Native peoples. While she says […]
Joy Harjo awards Griffin Poetry Prize! The world’s largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry written in English, The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry aims to spark the public’s imagination and raise awareness of the crucial role poetry plays in our cultural life.
We’ve always been taught that leadership qualities include humility, compassion, a sense of fairness, the ability to listen, preparation and carry-through, a love for the people, and a strong spiritual center which begins with a connection to Earth. So many of our stories are built around what happens to braggarts, bullies, and those who are […]
Joy Harjo contributed to the Merriam-Webster project about poets’ favorite words. Beautiful-Shimmer-Jetty This is hard. The word beautiful is considered overused and even too romantic these days, but I use it often. So then I went to shimmer. I love the onomatopoeia. Shimmer is shimmer. It is what it is, and the word can cast […]
I’m quitting Facebook for awhile. Facebook scatters my thoughts far afield. I’m not reading, thinking, dreaming; I am not paddling beyond the shallows. The frequency of chatter is beguiling. There’s community, catch up, even real news. I’ve followed Standing Rock that way–and friends and family. Taking a break so I can get work done, write, […]
Ritratti Poesia, Adriano’s Temple, Rome, Italy http://www.fondazioneroma.it/it/attivita/poesia.html