3rd American Poet Laureate from Muscogee (Creek) Nation Indigenous poet Joy Harjo has used her platform to highlight not only the beauty of words, but the work of contemporary Indigenous poets across the country. As Poet Laureate, one of her biggest projects was the creation of “Living Nation, Living Words,” which is a sheet highlighting Interactive map of the work various Aboriginal poets across the country. “As the first Native American Poet Laureate, I decided that my signature project should introduce the country to the many Native poets who live in these lands,” Harjo said. “Our community is born to share and share poetry from the founding of America to the present.”
Throughout her career, Harjo has also Wrote many works to write poetry alone. She has published nine collections of poetry, including 346 of American Sunrise ,won302 Oklahoma Book Awards. She has also published two award-winning children’s books, multiple plays and three plays. In honor of her distinguished career, Harjo received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Arts Awards at Guastavino’s in New York City yesterday. Not long ago, Vogue took a moment to chat with Harjo below about the inspirations for her work, which she has since lauded as Laureate What the poet has learned, and how poetry can be a powerful tool for humanizing her Indigenous people.
I ; I am honored to be a part of it. If you look at the previous recipients of this lifetime achievement award, it’s really humbling to be part of that company. I saw BB King [winning this award] – I shook his hand once at the Paolo Soleri theatre.