Fri, Oct. 6
6 p.m. NAU International Pavilion
Thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read program, Joy Harjo will read from her work and perform from her music catalog. It will be a great addition to Flagstaff’s monthly First Friday ArtWalk and a great way to kick off the Northern Arizona Book Festival.
Joy Harjo’s eight books of poetry include Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. Harjo’s memoir Crazy Brave won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. She is the recipient of the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets for proven mastery in the art of poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the United States Artist Fellowship. In 2014 she was writemyessay inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally, solo and with her band, the Arrow Dynamics. She is Professor of English and American Indian Ghost-Writer Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.