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Celebrating Earth Day with US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

An American Sunrise

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Watch Celebrating Earth Day with US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo.

This is a past program

This program took place on
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Now streaming on YouTube

About the Program

In honor of Earth Day, hear esteemed poet Joy Harjo read selections from her vast body of work—including from her latest book of poetry, An American Sunrise. A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Harjo is the first Native American to be named Poet Laureate of the United States.

Joining in conversation with literary curator Louise Steinman, Harjo explores the ways her poems create a dialogue with history: finding blessings in the abundance of her homeland and thrumming with quiet anger at living in the ruins of injustice.

“[Joy Harjo’s] poetry is light and elixir, the very best prescription for us in wounded times.”—Sandra Cisneros, author

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