Happy National Poetry Month! 🎉 Today we are honoring Joy Harjo, an American poet, musician, and author of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Harjo is the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States, appointed in 2019 by the Library of Congress. She has published numerous collections of poetry, including "She Had Some Horses," "In Mad Love and War," and "Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings."
In addition to her work as a poet, Harjo is also an accomplished musician and saxophonist. She has released several albums, including "Red Dreams, A Trail Beyond Tears" and "Winding Through the Milky Way."
Harjo's work often explores themes of identity, culture, and spirituality, and she is known for blending Native American storytelling with modern poetic techniques. Her contributions to literature have been recognized with many awards, including the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.
Beyond her artistic achievements, Harjo is also a prominent advocate for Native American rights and environmental justice. She has worked with organizations like Amnesty International and the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation to promote Indigenous voices and preserve Indigenous cultures.
Join us in celebrating Joy Harjo and her contributions to American literature and culture! 🎉📚🎶 #NationalPoetryMonth #JoyHarjo #NativeAmericanLiterature #IndigenousVoices #EnvironmentalJustice
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Meike Schwarz and the Editorial team at New Mexico's INFLUENCE Magazine