Joy Harjo, Native American poet and musician
Photo courtesy of: Multicultural Center
Nov 13, 2012
By Heather Burnett
Joy Harjo, acclaimed Native American poet and Native American Music Award (NAMMY) winning musician, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Baker University Center Theatre.
Her talk is part of Ohio University's celebration of Native American Heritage Month.
An Oklahoma native, Harjo is a member of the Mvskoke, also known as Muscogee Nation. Abused by her stepfather as a child, she learned to find shelter from her pain in her imagination, spiritual beliefs and by connecting with the natural world. She attended an Indian arts boarding school where her appreciation of the arts grew tremendously. She also became a teen mother and struggled as a single parent, ultimately finding her poetic voice and overcoming adversity.
The author of seven books of poetry that have received many awards, Harjo recently released her memoir "Crazy Brave," which chronicles her journey through tribal ancestry, heritage and abusive past, detailing how breaking apart was necessary to find her voice. The memoir culminates with her transformation to an award-winning poet and musician.
She has also released four award-winning albums and was the 2009 recipient of the NAMMY's Best Female Artist of the Year award.
This free and open to the public event is sponsored by the Black Student Cultural Programming Board, the Office of Multicultural Programs and Native Peoples Awareness Coalition.