Joy Harjo named U.S. poet laureate

Joy Harjo, award-winning poet, author, musician and a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, has been named the 23rd U.S. poet laureate.

Harjo, 68, will represent both her Indigenous culture and those of the United States of America when she succeeds Tracy K. Smith as the country’s 23rd poet laureate consultant in poetry (that’s the official title) this fall. Her term, announced in June by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, will make her the first Native American poet to serve in the position.

Congratulations to Joy Harjo, an honored contributor to Diversity-Threads.com – [dt]

You can see Joy talk about her appointment at https://youtu.be/gmtOpvRasOY

See additional details at https://www.npr.org/2019/06/19/733727917/joy-harjo-becomes-the-first-native-american-u-s-poet-laureate