US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo
Poetry at Bennington—Fall 2020
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | Joy Harjo is the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold the position. She is the author of nine books of poetry, including An American Sunrise (Norton, 2019) and Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings (Norton, 2015), shortlisted for the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her memoir Crazy Brave (Norton, 2012) won the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction and the American Book Award. She is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Jackson Prize and William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation, and the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. The executive editor of the just-published When the Light for the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, she is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.