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Joy Harjo Is First Native American Named Us Poet Laureate

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Last Updated: 18 January 2022

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Joy Harjo has been appointed to second term as Nations Poet Laureate, Library of COngress announced on Thursday. Member Of Muscogee Creek Nation, Harjo Is First Native American And 23 Poet To Hold Post, Joining Writers Such As Tracy K. Smith, Rita Dove And Louise Gluck. During her First Year in role, Harjo focused on expanding her digital presence, connecting with other Native Poets and highlighting intersection between Music and Poetry. That synergy was something that we want her continue and add to, Carla Hayden, Librarian of COngress, say. It broadens concept of poetry. When you hear of song, that poetry. In her second term, which starts Sept. 1, Harjo will focus on project called Living Nations, Living Words: Map of First Peoples Poetry, digital interactive Map featuring contemporary Native Poets, including videos of them reading their work. It will be added to Librarys historical collection of maps, which is among largest in world. After coronavirus pandemic begin, Hayden say, Harjo project had even more resonance, in terms of telling stories and using poetry therapeutically. If you ca leave home or travel, you can travel with these Hayden add. You can travel through geography. Harjo, 68, has dedicated her career to making Native people and their stories visible, exploring tribal spirituality and feminist issues in nine collections of poetry. For her most recent book, American Sunrise, she travels to site where her ancestors were forcibly removed in 1800s as way to draw spiritual connection with them. In August, of works by Native Poets that she edited is set to be published by WW Norton. Born in Tulsa, Okla., And raised on native land, Harjo is eldest of four children. At performing Arts school and later University of NEW Mexico and Iowa Writers Workshop, she explored Literature as well as art and music. In addition to her poetry, she has written memoir, Crazy Brave, that shed light on troubled childhood, as well as children and young adult books. She has also released several albums and won Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, which is granted to Living American Poet who has produced extraordinary work.

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