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Joy Harjo Is First Native American to Be Named U.S. Poet Laureate

4 monthes ago   |   By Time

Joy Harjo, the first Native American to be named U.S. poet laureate, has been ready for a long time.
“I've been an unofficial poetry ambassador - on the road for poetry for years,” the 68-year-old Harjo wrote in a recent email to The Associated Press. “I've often been the only poet or Native poet-person that many have seen/met/heard. I've introduced many poetry audiences to Native poetry and audiences not expecting poetry to be poetry.”
Her appointment was announced Wednesday by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, who said in a statement that Harjo helped tell an “American story” of...
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Joy Harjo Becomes The First Native American U.S. Poet Laureate

Joy Harjo Becomes The First Native American U.S. Poet Laureate

4 monthes ago   |   By NPR

A member of the Muskogee Creek Nation, the 68-year-old poet and musician says she bears "the honor on behalf of the people and my ancestors," and aims to serve as an "ambassador" of the art form. (Image credit: Shawn Miller/Library of Congress)
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