Joy Harjo

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Joy Harjo
Joy Harjo.jpg
Harjo in 2012
Born May 9, 1951
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Occupation Author, poet, performer, educator
Nationality Mvskoke and American
Genre Poetry, non-fiction, fiction
Literary movement Native American Renaissance

Joy Harjo (born May 9, 1951) is a Mvskoke poet, musician, and author. She is often cited as playing a formidable role in the second wave of what critic Kenneth Lincoln termed the Native American Renaissance of the late 20th century.

Life[edit]

Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1951 and is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, with partial Cherokee descent. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.

Known primarily as a poet, Harjo has also taught at the college level, played alto saxophone with a band called Poetic Justice, edited literary journals, and written screenplays.

In 1995, Harjo received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas.[1]

In 2002, Harjo received the PEN Open Book Award, formerly known as the Beyond Margins Award for A Map to the Next World: Poetry and Tales. In 2008, she served as a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation,[2] for which she currently serves as a member of its National Advisory Council.[3]

Harjo joined the faculty of the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in January 2013.[4]

Awards[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

  • 1st Place in Poetry in the Santa Fe Festival of the Arts (1980)
  • Outstanding Young Women of America (1984)
  • New Mexico Music Awards (1987)
  • NEH Summer Stipend in American Indian Literature and Verbal Arts, University of Arizona (1987)
  • Arizona Commission on the Arts Poetry Fellowship (1989)

1990s[edit]

  • The American Indian Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award (1990)
  • Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award, New York University: In Mad Love and War (1991)
  • Oakland PEN, Josephine Miles Poetry Award (1991)
  • William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America (1991)
  • American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation: In Mad Love and War (1991)
  • Honorary Doctorate from Benedictine College (1992)
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellowship at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont (1993)
  • Witter Bynner Poetry Fellowship (1994)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of The Americas (1995)[1]
  • Oklahoma Book Award: The Woman Who Fell from the Sky (1995)
  • Bravo Award from the Albuquerque Arts Alliance (1996)
  • Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers Musical Artist of the Year: Poetic Justice (1997)
  • New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts (1997)
  • Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund Writer's Award for work with nonprofit group Atlatl in bringing literary resources to Native American communities (1998)
  • Finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award: Reinventing the Enemy's Language (1998)
  • National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships (1998)

2000s[edit]

  • Writer of the Year/children's books by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers for The Good Luck Cat (2001)
  • Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001 (2003)
  • Arrell Gibson Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Oklahoma Center How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001 (2003)
  • Storyteller of the Year Native Joy for Real by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. (2004)
  • Writer of the Year - Poetry How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001 (2004)
  • Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers "Writer of the Year" for the script A Thousand Roads (2005)
  • United States Artists Rasmuson Fellows Award (2008)
  • Eagle Spirit Achievement Award (2009)
  • Nammy Native American Music Award (2009)
  • Mvskoke Women's Leadership Award (2011)
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2014)[5]

Others[edit]

  • University of New Mexico Academy of American Poets Award.
  • Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award
  • Featured in Pushcart Prize Poetry Anthologies XV & XIII

Works[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Poetry[edit]

  • I Give You Back .
  • When the World As We Knew It Ended .
  • The Last Song, Puerto Del Sol, 1975 .
  • What Moon Drove Me to This?, I. Reed Books, 1979, ISBN 978-0918408167 .
  • Remember, Strawberry Press, 1981 .
  • She Had Some Horses, Thunder's Mouth Press, 1983, ISBN 978-1560251194 ; W. W. Norton & Company, 2008, ISBN 978-0393334210.
  • New Orleans, 1983 .
  • The Woman Hanging from the Thirteenth Floor Window, 1983 .
  • Secrets from the Center of the World, University of Arizona Press, 1989, ISBN 978-0816511136 .
  • In Mad Love and War, Wesleyan University Press, 1990, ISBN 978-0819511829 .
  • Fishing, Ox Head Press, 1992 .
  • The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, W.W. Norton, 1994, ISBN 978-0393037159 .
  • A Map to the Next World, W.W. Norton & Company, 2000, ISBN 978-0393047905 .
  • How We Became Human New and Selected Poems: 1975 - 2001, W. W. Norton & Company, 2004, ISBN 978-0393325348 .

As editor[edit]

  • Reinventing the Enemy's Language: Contemporary Native Women's Writings of North America, W.W. Norton & Company, 1998, ISBN 978-0393318289 .

Non-fiction[edit]

  • Soul Talk, Song Language: Conversations with Joy Harjo, Wesleyan University Press, 2011, ISBN 978-0819571519 .
  • Crazy Brave: A Memoir, W. W. Norton & Company, 2012, ISBN 978-0393073461 .

Children's literature[edit]

Discography[edit]

Joy Harjo[edit]

  • Native Joy for Real (2004)
  • She Had Some Horses (2006)
  • Winding Through the Milky Way (2008)
  • Red Dreams: A Trail Beyond Tears (2010)

Joy Harjo and Poetic Justice[edit]

  • Letter From the End of the Twentieth Century (1997)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Native Writers Circle of America". Storytellers: Native American Authors Online. Karen M. Strom. Retrieved 2015-05-01. 
  2. ^ Pogrebin, Robin (April 21, 2009). "New Group Is Formed to Sponsor Native Arts". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-05-01. 
  3. ^ "NACF National Leadership Council Members". Nativeartsandcultures.org. Retrieved 2014-05-14. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Current News, American Indian Studies Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign". Ais.illinois.edu. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Retrieved 2012-09-29. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Joy Harjo - 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow". GF.org. [dead link]

References[edit]

  • Bochynski, Pegge (2002). "She Had Some Horses". In Jason, Philip K. Masterplots II: Poetry (revised ed.). Pasadena, CA: Salem Press. pp. 3369–3371. ISBN 978-1587650376. 
  • Bochynski, Pegge (2003a). "Joy Harjo". In Parini, Jay. American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies, Supplement XII. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. pp. 215–234. ISBN 978-0684197852. 
  • Bochynski, Pegge (2003b). "Review of How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems: 1975-2001 by Joy Harjo". In Wilson, John D.; Kellman, Steven G. Magill's Literary Annual 2003: Books of 2002. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press. pp. 379–383. ISBN 978-1587651298. 
  • Stone, Louise M.; Bochynski, Pegge (2006). "Joy Harjo". In Kellman, Steven G. Magill Survey of American Literature (revised ed.). Pasadena, CA: Salem Press. pp. 980–988. ISBN 978-1587652851. 

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