Joy Harjo

Photo by Karen Kuehn

Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a member of the Muscogee Nation. Her poetry has garnered many awards, including the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, 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.

She has released four award-winning CDs of original music and performances including her most  recent, Winding Through the Milky Way, for which she won a Nammy (Native American Music Award) for Best Female Artist of the Year. She received Rasmuson: US Artists Fellowships for 2009 and 2011.

She performs internationally with the Arrow Dynamics Band. Her one-woman show, Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light premiered at the Wells Fargo Theater in 2009.

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


Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems (W.W. Norton, 2015)

Crazy Brave: A Memoir (W.W. Norton, 2012)

For a Girl Becoming [young adult/children’s book] (University of Arizona Press, 2009)

How We Became Human, New and Selected Poems (W.W. Norton, 2003)

A Map to the Next World (W.W. Norton, 2000)

The Good Luck Cat (Harcourt, 2000)

Reinventing the Enemy’s Language, Contemporary Native Women’s Writing of North America (W. W. Norton, 1997)

The Spiral of Memory [Interviews, co-edited with Laura Coltelli] (University of Michigan Press, 1996)

The Woman Who Fell From the Sky (W.W. Norton, 1994)

Fishing [fine press chapbook] (Oxhead Press, 1991)

In Mad Love and War (Wesleyan University Press, 1990)

Secrets from the Center of the World [poetic prose with Stephen Strom’s photographs] (University of Arizona Press, 1989)

She Had Some Horses (Thunder’s Mouth Press 1984, through three editions, W.W. Norton, 2008)

What Moon Drove Me to This? (I. Reed Books, 1979, out of print)

The Last Song [poetry chapbook] (Puerto del Sol Press, 1975, out of print)

Music CDs
“Red Dreams, a Trail Beyond Tears” (Mekko Productions, Inc., 2010)

“Winding Through the Milky Way” [music/songs] (Joy Harjo, Fast Horse Recordings, 2008; Mekko Productions, Inc., 2009)

“She Had Some Horses” [spoken word with a few music bonus tracks] (Mekko Productions, Inc., 2006)

“Native Joy for Real” [music with poetry/songs] (Joy Harjo, Mekko Productions, Inc., 2004)

“Letter from the End of the Twentieth Century” [with Poetic Justice, reggae/dub style music with spoken poetry] (Mekko Productions Inc., 2002; Silverwave Records, 1997; Red Horses Records, 1995)

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