American Indian Author & Singer Joy Harjo at Grand Valley State University Wednesday

Joy HarjoALLENDALE, MICHIGAN – As part of its celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Grand Valley State University is hosting an evening with award-winning American Indian author and singer Joy Harjo.

Harjo is a tribal citizen of the Muscogee Nation.

She has authored seven books of books of poetry, which includes such well-known titles as “How We Became Human-New and Selected Poems,” “The Woman Who Fell from the Sky,” and “She Had Some Horses.” She is the recipient of several awards for her writings, such as the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas; and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America.

Her most recent publication is “For A Girl Becoming,” a young adult/coming of age book, released in 2009.

Harjo’s musical talents have garnered her awards. In 2009 she won a Native American Music Award (NAMMY) for Best Female Artist of the Year for “Winding through the Milky Way.”

Her latest CD release is a traditional flute album called “Red Dreams, A Trail Beyond Tears.” She performs nationally and internationally with her band, the Arrow Dynamics. She also performs her one-woman show, “Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light,” which premiered at the Wells Fargo Theater in Los Angeles in 2009 with recent performances at the Public Theater in New York City and La Jolla Playhouse as part of the Native Voices at the Autry.

Harjo has received a Rasmusson US Artists Fellowship and is a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. Harjo writes a column “Comings and Goings” for her tribal newspaper, the Muscogee Nation News. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

WHAT: An Evening with Joy Harjo

WHEN: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, EST

WHERE: Grand Valley State University
Allendale Campus
Cook Dewitt Auditorium

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