Joy Harjo awarded and recognized for a second term as U.S. Poet Laureate 2020-2021

The reappointment was announced by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden calling Harjo “an inspiring and engaging poet laureate,” who would “help the Library showcase Native poets from coast-to-coast.”

Harjo is the nation’s first Native American Poet Laureate, and her own poetry often draws on her Muskogee Creek background, as well as feminist traditions. As Laureate she has been working on an upcoming anthology of Native poetry as well as an online map that the Library says will include “Native poets’ biographies and recordings of them reading and discussing one of their poems.” Harjo recently kicked off a Washington Post/Library of Congress series, The Poetry of Home, where she read her her poem, “Perhaps The World Ends Here:” She will serve as Poet Laureate to promote appreciation and awareness of poetry throughout the country and world. 

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