Joy Harjo, a member of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation, made history this year when she became the 23rd US Poet Laureate, making her the first Native American poet to hold the honor.
Harjo has championed the art of poetry--"soul talk," as she calls it--for over four decades. To her, poems are "carriers of dreams, knowledge and wisdom," and through them, she tells an American story of tradition and loss, reckoning and myth-making.
This year the beloved Muscogee Creek poet Joy Harjo became the first Native American to be named US Poet Laureate, the nation's 23rd. She makes a rare visit to San Francisco to read from her latest collection, “An American Sunrise” (W. W. Norton and Company, 2019). Also published this year is a new edition of her 1991 collection, “In Mad Love and War” (Wesleyan University), which won an American Book Award.