Always Indigenous presents Joy Harjo with Tracy Rector
As part of the October 19-23 celebration, Always Indigenous: Fifty Years of the Chief Seattle Club, esteemed poet, musician, scholar and present esteemed U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo virtually visits during this special lunchtime benefit program to read and discuss her work. The Mvskoke/Creek Nation author of eight books of poetry, an extraordinary memoir (Crazy Brave), and now the editor of a landmark anthology, Joy Harjo has traveled many times to Seattle and throughout the world, reading poetry, performing, as well, with a band. She is the first Native American poet to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate. With her in conversation will be Tracy Rector, the Seattle-based Choctaw/Seminole filmmaker, activist, and director of Longhouse Media, which will also include audience q&a. Joy Harjo’s most recent book of poems is An American Sunrise (W.W. Norton).
“[A] resplendent and reverberating new volume.… Harjo’s bracing political perspective is matched by timeless wisdom.… In clarion, incantatory poems that recalibrate heart and mind, Harjo conveys both the endless ripples of loss and the brightening beauty and hope of the sunrise.” - Maya Phillips, The New Yorker.
More recently, there is now this encompassing epic anthology, When The Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry (W.W. Norton). Leanne Howe and Jennifer Elise Foerster, along with others, helped shape and edit this amazing work, which includes poets of earlier times, some in indigenous languages, and a good number of poets from this part of the continent. This should be something.
Presented as part of Always Indigenous, a five-day (October 19-23) celebration honoring the fiftieth anniversary of the Chief Seattle Club.