Joy Harjo and Layli Long Soldier: Poems in Conversation

The three-term US Poet Laureate reads and talks with the author of WHEREAS
Two people's heads, side by side, both with dark hair, light brown skin, wearing lipstick, person on right wearing glasses
Joy Harjo (left) and Layli Long Soldier
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Event Location
Carlson Family Stage, Northrop

84 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Join the Department of English as the Esther Freier Lecture Series presents former US Poet Laureate (2019-2022) Joy Harjo and and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning poet Layli Long Soldier reading from and discussing their poetry. American Indian Studies Associate Professor Christopher Pexa will moderate this conversation about Native American poetry. Co-sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies and the Circle of Indigenous Nations.
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Joy Harjo is a performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. In 2019, she was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold the position and only the second person to serve three terms in the role. Harjo’s nine books of poetry include An American Sunrise, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. She is also the author of two memoirs, Crazy Brave and Poet Warrior, as well as the new Catching the Light (Why I Write): A Lyrical Meditation on Writing Poetry (Yale University Press, Oct 4). She has edited several anthologies of Native American writing including When the Light of the World was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through—A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, and Living Nations, Living Words, the companion anthology to her signature poet laureate project. Her many writing awards include the 2019 Jackson Prize from the Poets & Writers, the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation, the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Board of Directors Chair of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and is artist-in-residence for the Bob Dylan Center. A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally; her most recent album is I Pray For My Enemies.
Layli Long Soldier is a poet of the Oglala Lakota Nation. She is the author of the chapbook Chromosomory (Q Ave Press, 2010) and the full-length collection Whereas (Graywolf, 2017), which won the National Books Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. She was awarded a National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, a Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry, and a Whiting Writer’s Award. Long Soldier's 2012 participatory installation, Whereas We Respond, was featured on the Pine Ridge Reservation. She has been a contributing editor to Drunken Boat and poetry editor at Kore Press.
Christopher Pexa (Bdewakantunwan Dakota) is the author of Translated Nation: Rewriting the Dakhóta Oyáte (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), winner of the 2020 MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures, and Languages and the 2019 Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award. Pexa is Associate Professor American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota.
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