Pacific University's Visiting Writers Series Presents Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

Joy HarjoPoet Laureate Joy Harjo will be joining Pacific University's Visiting Writers Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28. Harjo is the 23rd national poet laureate and the first Native American (Muscogee Nation) to hold the position, and the second person to serve three terms. To register for free and access the Zoom link, please email

The author of nine books of poetry, including the highly acclaimed An American Sunrise, several plays and children's books, and two memoirs, Crazy Brave and Poet Warrior, her many honors include the Ruth Lily Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award, two NEA fellowships, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. As a musician and performer, Harjo has produced seven award-winning music albums including her newest, I Pray for My Enemies. She is the exec­u­tive edi­tor of the anthol­o­gy When the Light of the World was Sub­dued, Our Songs Came Through — A Nor­ton Anthol­o­gy of Native Nations Poet­ry and the editor of Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry, the companion anthology to her signature poet laureate project. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Board of Directors Chair of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and holds a Tulsa Artist Fellowship. 

Learn more about this accomplished writer and musician, who was recently featured in a podcast interview on Kera Think, and published in the New Yorker

Monday, Oct. 25, 2021