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    Joy Harjo Named U.S. Poet Laureate for 2nd Term
    Posted on 05/01/2020
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    On April 30th, author Joy Harjo (Muscogee Creek), the first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate, was appointed for a second term. She will focus on her project, "Living Nations, Living Words: A Map of First Peoples' Poetry"—an interactive map of contemporary Native poets.

    “When you think of all the Indigenous people in the nation, that poetry goes back hundreds of years, and it’s part of this culture,” Hayden [Librarian of Congress] said, adding that the musicality of Harjo’s poetry makes it accessible, especially to young people. “I would just encourage people to read one of her poems, and you’ll hear the music in your head when you’re reading them.”—The New York Times, 4/30/20

    “It is an honor to serve a second term as poet laureate, especially during these times of earth transformation and cultural change,” Harjo, who is the first Native poet to serve in the position, said. “Poetry reminds us that we are connected beyond words, and to communicate through poetry has the potential to expand the conversation into wordless depths, to help us move collectively into fresh cultural vision. To get there in understanding, we begin with the roots. In this country, the roots are found in the poetry of the more than 500 living indigenous nations.”—Indian Country Today, 5/1/20

    Below are resources to learn more about Joy Harjo and other Native American poets and their creative work: