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Meet Joy Harjo

March 30, 2021

Joy Harjo is the 23rd Poet Lau­re­ate of the Unit­ed States and only the second person to be named for a third term in that role. She is the first Native American to serve as the nation’s Poet Laureate.



I addition to being a writer, Harjo is a musician, dancer, and educator. Jeffrey Brown of the PBS News Hour interviews Harjo in this clip from a September 2019 feature.



“The literature of the aboriginal people of North America defines America,” writes Joy Harjo. “It is not exotic. The concerns are particular, yet often universal.”

additional resource: An extensive listing of Native American poets along with links to articles and podcasts at Native American Poetry and Culture.