In 2019, Joy Harjo was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold the position. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Harjo is an internationally known award-winning poet, writer, performer, and saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. Grammy award winning saxophonist Paul Winter says, “Joy Harjo is a poet of music just as she is a poet of words.” She is the author of nine books of poetry and a memoir. Thumbnail photo by Paul Abdoo.
As part of her visit to Sensoria, Harjo will also lead a salon-style master class with Central Piedmont students and community writers at the Charlotte Center for Literary Arts, which co-presents that salon. More info is here.
Follow Harjo's full schedule on the Library of Congress website here.