Spotlight on Indigenous Authors: Joy Harjo

Written by Sparky

November 11, 2021

While Joy Harjo has written memoirs, screenplays, and children’s books (as well as numerous musical works), she’s primarily known as a poet. She honed her poetic skills at Iowa’s prestigious Writers’ Workshop and is one of the most lauded Native American poets working today. Some of her best-known collections of poetry include In Mad Love and War, which won the American Book Award and the William Carlos Williams Award, The Woman Who Fell from the Sky, and A Map to the Next World: Poetry and Tales. While Harjo’s work does address her native culture, she also explores her struggles as an individual and a woman, which makes her work accessible to readers from any background.

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