CANCELED: Joy Harjo: Native Americans & the National Consciousness: Poetry, Performance, & Conversation


Thursday, April 9, 2020, 6:00pm


Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall, Lower Level, 32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

We continue to monitor the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and prioritize the safety of our visitors, staff, students and volunteers. In the interests of reducing the number of people on campus and slowing the opportunity for transmission, the university museums are closing to the public, at the end of business on Thursday, March 12 until further notice. All public programs, classes, and events have been canceled. Over the next few weeks we will be assessing the situation and reviewing options for when we will be able to re-open to the public.


In partnership with Harvard Art Museums and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Harvard University Native American Program presents a reading and conversation with Joy Harjo, the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States.

Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall, Lower Level, 32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer and member of the Mvskoke Nation and belongs to Oce Vpofv (Hickory Ground). The author of nine books of poetry, several plays and children's books, and a memoir, Crazy Brave, her many honors include the Ruth Lily Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award, a PEN USA Literary Award, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund Writers’ Award, a Rasmuson US Artist Fellowship, two NEA fellowships, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Harjo is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and is a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. She is executive editor of the forthcoming anthology When the Light of the World was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through—A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, to be released in 2020. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she is a Tulsa Artist Fellow.

Following a reading from her most recent book of poetry—the highly acclaimed An American Sunrise (2019)—Harjo will discuss her work with Joseph P. Gone, Faculty Director of the Harvard University Native American Program.

The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the Harvard Art Museums via the entrance on Broadway. Doors will open at 5:30pm.

This program is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets may be acquired in person, by phone, or online for a small fee through the Harvard Box Office, beginning at noon on Tuesday, March 31st. Limit of two tickets per person. For more information, please visit the Harvard Box Office website.

Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

This program is presented by the Harvard University Native American Program with generous support from a private donor gift, the Harvard Art Museums, and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.