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.
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 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, for which she currently serves as a member of its National Advisory Council.
- 1st and 2nd Place Awards in Drawing, University of New Mexico Kiva Club Nizhoni Days Art Show (1976)
- Writers Forum at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado (1977)
- Outstanding Young Women of America (1978)
- National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships (1978)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- University of New Mexico Academy of American Poets Award.
- Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award
- Featured in Pushcart Prize Poetry Anthologies XV & XIII
- 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 9780918408167
- Remember, Strawberry Press, 1981
- She Had Some Horses. Thunder's Mouth Press. 1983. ISBN 9781560251194.; W. W. Norton & Company, 2008, ISBN 9780393334210
- 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 9780816511136.
- In Mad Love and War. Wesleyan University Press. 1990. ISBN 9780819511829.
- Fishing Ox Head Press, 1992
- The Woman Who Fell From the Sky W.W. Norton, 1994, ISBN 9780393037159
- A Map to the Next World W.W. Norton & Company, 2000, ISBN 9780393047905
- How We Became Human New and Selected Poems: 1975 - 2001. W. W. Norton & Company. 2004. ISBN 9780393325348.
- Reinventing the Enemy's Language: Contemporary Native Women's Writings of North America, W.W. Norton & Company, 1998, ISBN 9780393318289
- Soul Talk, Song Language: Conversations with Joy Harjo. Wesleyan University Press. 2011. ISBN 9780819571519.
- Crazy Brave: A Memoir. W. W. Norton & Company. 2012. ISBN 9780393073461.
- The Good Luck Cat. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2000. ISBN 9780152321970.
- For a Girl Becoming. University of Arizona Press. 2009. ISBN 9780816527977.
- 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
- Letter From the End of the Twentieth Century (1997)
- "Lifetime Achievemenet Awards from the Native Writers Circle of America". Storytellers: Native American Authors Online (hanksville.org/storytellers). Retrieved August 6, 2010.
- http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/22/arts/22native.html?_r=0 "New Group Is Formed to Sponsor Native Arts," New York Times. Accessed 5/14/14.
- http://www.nativeartsandcultures.org/about-foundation/our-board#national-leadership-council NACF National Leadership Council Members. Accessed 5/14/14.
- "Current News, American Indian Studies Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign". Retrieved September 29, 2012.
- http://www.gf.org/fellows/17593-joy-harjo Joy Harjo - 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow
- Bochynski, Pegge. Review of "How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems: 1975-2001 by Joy Harjo". Magill's Literary Annual, 2003. Ed. John D. Wilson and Steven G. Kellman. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 2003. Pages 379-383.
- "Joy Harjo" by Pegge Bochynski, in American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies, Supplement XII edited by Jay Parini. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003. Pages 215-234.
- “She Had Some Horses” by Pegge Bochynski in Masterplots II, Poetry, Revised edition. Ed. Philip K. Jason. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 2002. Pages 3369-3371.
- Stone, Louise M. Update and revision by Pegge Bochynski. “Joy Harjo” in Magill Survey of American Literature, Revised Edition. Ed. Steven G. Kellman. Pasadena, Calif. Salem Press, 2006. Pages 980-988.
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- Audio: Joy Harjo reads She Had Some Horses
- Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture - Harjo, Joy
- Joy Harjo at Library of Congress Authorities, with 21 catalog records