Joy Harjo

Poetry: Joy Harjo

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Poet Joy Harjo reads recent work, February 2020
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An evening with US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo marks the 50th anniversary of the UCLA poetry series at the Hammer.

Joy Harjo, the first Native American to be Poet Laureate, has published nine books. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN America Literary Award for creative nonfiction, the American Book Award, the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation for lifetime achievement, and the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. Harjo also performs on the saxophone internationally, solo and with her band, the Arrow Dynamics.

Organized and hosted by poet, literary critic, and UCLA distinguished service professor Stephen Yenser. Cosponsored by the UCLA Department of English and Recreational Affairs.

Readings are supported by GRoW @ Annenberg.

All public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from an anonymous donor.
Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, the Elizabeth Bixby Janeway Foundation, The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members.
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