Joy Harjo

b. 1951
Joy Harjo

Like other Native American poets such as N. Scott Momaday, Simon Ortiz and Leslie Marmon Silko, Joy Harjo writes in an effort to re-establish lost connections: with the sacred land, with powerful ancestors, and with fellow searchers along the margins of contemporary life. She also plays in a band called Poetic Justice.

Poems

What People are Saying

"I learned that I had the ability to capture the attention of an audience and evoke emotion from them. When I recited my first poem in 9th grade for a mock POL class competition, I was incredibly shy and barely audible. But eventually I grew to love sharing the emotions poems gave me."
Chiara Raimondo
2016 NY POL Champion