All Lecture-Concert Series events are free of charge and open to the public. …raw and honest… Harjo is the Muscogee/Creek word meaning reckless in battle, or crazy brave. It is a good name and one she has earned. - Jack Shakely, Los Angeles Review of Books
On June 19, 2019, Joy Harjo became the first Native American to be named U.S. Poet Laureate. Joy’s work draws on First Nation storytelling and histories, as well as feminist and social justice poetic traditions. She once commented, “I feel strongly that I have a responsibility to all the sources that I am: to all past and future ancestors, to my home country, to all places that I touch down on and that are myself, to all voices, all women, all of my tribe, all people, all earth, and beyond that to all beginnings and endings. In a strange kind of sense [writing] frees me to believe in myself, to be able to speak, to have voice, because I have to; it is my survival.”
She is a creative polymath, deeply grounded in her ancestry, an activist on indigenous people’s rights, a musician, and an engaging speaker. Please join us for this historic event for our campus!