JOY HARJO is the First Native American to hold the honor of U.S. Poet Laureate and was awarded Best Female Artist by the Native American Music Awards.
March is Women's History Month and we are highlighting the contributions of some of the most influential Native American women of our time. Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer from the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is serving her second term as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States and is the first Native American to hold that honor. In 2009, Joy Harjo won Best Female Artist at the Native American Music Awards and performed live with her saxophone at the inaugural awards ceremony in 1998. Her newest album, Pray for My Enemies, is set for release this March 5, 2021. As a musician and performer, she has produced six award winning albums. She is also The author of nine books of poetry, and her many honors include the Ruth Lily Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation, and the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award. She currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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