When most Alabama readers think of Alabama writers, Native American—or American Indian as Joy Harjo calls herself—aren’t the first writers who come to mind, yet Joy Harjo attributes what she considers to be three of the most important traits of her artistry—the need for perpetuating family storytelling, the quest for justice, and the return to […]

One of Native America’s strongest voices, poet and musician Joy Harjo has finally told her own story in this poetic memoir. Like her rich poetry, this book brims with lyrical word pictures, glimpses of Harjo’s childhood and time in Indian boarding school; her marriages, lovers and children; her struggles with alcohol and her Native identity; […]

Part autobiography, part prose poem and part mythology, this memoir begs to be read aloud. Harjo traces the origin of her poetic musical and theatrical careers, but she offers much more than reminiscences. Her story is an account of the forging of a woman’s soul, the hammer blows striking only to reshape her into a sharp […]