Joy Harjo
Poet and Musician
Honolulu, HI
2008 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Rasmuson Foundation.

Joy Harjo is a poet and musician. An enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Tribe, she writes poetry that speaks of the Southwestern landscape where she grew up, the balance between contemporary Native life and ancient tribal beliefs, memory, myth, and survival. She has published six major collections of works and edits several literary journals. She also has many screenwriting credits for teleplays, public service announcements, and educational television. Harjo performs her poetry and plays the saxophone in the band Poetic Justice.

Portrait photo courtesy Joy Harjo.
  • Artwork by Joy Harjo
    Portrait photo courtesy Barry Hannah
Artwork by Joy Harjo