Joy Harjo

Anna Paige

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and part of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Joy Harjo is the first Native American to be named United States Poet Laureate. For more than forty years, Harjo has been a major voice in Native American poetry, providing leadership and inspiration. She is considered a major figure in the second wave of the literary Native American Renaissance of the twentieth century. Her work speaks to the resilience of Native cultures and inspires others to express themselves through writing.