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The Brookings Arts Council announces that Joy Harjo, the newly appointed Poet Laureate of the United States, is coming to Brookings, South Dakota on December 4th for a Book Discussion/Poetry Reading at the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center on the campus of South Dakota State University. Tickets will be required, but will be free. More information on how individuals can claim tickets will be available in November.

In 2019, Joy Harjo was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold the position. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Harjo is an internationally known award-winning poet, writer, performer, and saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. Grammy award winning saxophonist Paul Winter says, “Joy Harjo is a poet of music just as she is a poet of words.” She is the author of nine books of poetry and a memoir.

When asked to comment on Joy Harjo’s visit Christine Stewart, Professor of English at SDSU and South Dakota Poet Laureate said “I've admired Joy Harjo's work ever since watching her read "She Had Some Horses". The poem imprinted on my psyche. With her distinguished career as a poet, musician, and playwright, she brings much talent and wisdom to her new role as United States Poet Laureate. We're so lucky to have the opportunity to host her in Brookings.”

 

Ms. Harjo is coming to Brookings thanks to generous donations from the 3M Vibrancy Grant to the Brookings Arts Council, the South Dakota Humanities Council, the City of Brookings, and a private donor. The event is presented in partnership with Woodbine Productions. For more information please contact the Brookings Arts Council at 605-692-4177 or directorbac@swiftel.net.