- Category: PA 2004
Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, poet, saxophonist, writer and composer, Joy is a member of the Muscogee/Creek Nation in Oklahoma. She performs nationally and internationally, solo and with her band, Poetic Justice. When not writing or performing, she is a professor at UCLA in American Indian Studies and English and lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.
A high school graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe , New Mexico Harjo received her BA from the University of New Mexico and MFA from the University of Iowa ’s Creative Writing Workshop. She completed the filmmaking program at the Anthropology Film Center in Santa Fe and is currently co-writing the script for A Thousand Roads, the signature film for the new National Museum to the American Indian, which opens in Washington , D.C. later this year. She was narrator for the Native Americans series on Turner network and for Navajo Codetalkers, a National Geographic series. She also featured on Aboriginal Public Television in Toronto, Canada ; and on HBO’s DefPoetry Jam . She co-produced and featured in Eagle Song, a music video which was aired nationally on PBS and was screened at numerous film festivals.
Among her numerous awards and accolades, she is the recipient of: New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (1997), Outstanding Musical Achievement from the First Americans in the Arts (1998), Western Literature Association Distinguished Achievement Award (2000), and the Eagle Spirit Award from the American Indian Film Festival (2002). In addition to her published works, Joy Harjo has co-edited an anthology, Reinventing the Enemy’s Language, Native Women’s Writing of North America (W.W. Norton, 1997) and a book of poetic prose,Secrets from the Center of the World,(University of Arizona, 1989). Harjo’s new book, A Love Supreme is due to be released later in 2004.