Sherwin Bitsui shares an ongoing dialogue with the distinguished writer, artist, and musician Joy Harjo, one of the pioneers of the wave of Native art and activism that emerged from IAIA in the ‘70s.
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
Around a year and a half ago, we invited eight of our favorite contemporary poets to Tucson to talk with us about climate change and poetry. We wrote to Aracelis Girmay, Brenda Hillman, Brian Teare, Camille Dungy, Joy Harjo, Robert Hass, and Ross Gay, inviting them to present what we were calling “investigative readings”—part poetry […]
Radio Interview by Lois P. Jones on Poets Cafe KPFK Los Angeles Link to article and Interview http://www.timothy-green.org/blog/joy-harjo/ Equinox I must keep from breaking into the story by force for if I do I will find myself with a war club in my hand and the smoke of grief staggering toward the sun, your nation […]
“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 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 […]
“This is not merely a book of poetry. These are instructions for the soul, a song to lead the reader home. With Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, the first lady of American Indian poetry arrives. In this volume, Joy Harjo reaches her full maturity as a poet and as a human being, a teacher for […]