In this transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo, one of our leading Native American voices, details her journey to becoming the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States.
Born in Oklahoma, the end place of the Trail of Tears, Harjo grew up learning to dodge an abusive stepfather by finding shelter in her imagination, a deep spiritual life, and connection with the natural world. She attended an Indian arts boarding school, where she nourished an appreciation for painting, music, and poetry; gave birth while still a teenager; and struggled on her own as a single mother, eventually finding her poetic voice.
Paperback: 176 pages
- Author: Joy Harjo
- Paperback:176 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (July 29, 2013)
- ISBN-10: 0393345432
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
About the Artist
Joy Harjo is an internationally known performer and writer of the Mvskoke-Creek Nation, the author of ten books of poetry. A critically acclaimed poet, her many honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Josephine Miles Poetry Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, and the American Indian Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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