Joy Harjo – Poetry & Music Performance @ TAU


***IMPORTANT UPDATE*** Change of date: Joy Harjo will give a poetry and music performance at  TAU on Monday, December  10th at 16:00 in Gilman 223.

For Native American writer and performer Joy Harjo, music and poetry come together to create a full artistic experience. Ms. Harjo is this year’s Writer-in-Residence at Tel Aviv University’s Department of English and American Studies. On Monday, November 19, 2012 at 16.00, she will give a poetry and music performance at the University.

Joy Harjo/Photo: Paul Abdoo

Oklahoma-born Joy Harjo is a member of Muscogee (Creek) Nation. A prolific writer, she has written a number of books and poetry collections, two young adult novels and, most recently, a memoir titled Crazy Brave (2012). Her publications have won numerous prizes, such as the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America (1991), the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas (1995), and the PEN Open Book Award (2002).

Harjo’s artistic expression doesn’t end with words on paper. An award-winning musician, she has released several CDs of original music. Her album Winding Through the Milky Way won the Native American Music Award (NAMMY) for Best Female Artist of the Year in 2009. She is an accomplished saxophonist, and has also released an album of traditional flute music, Red Dreams, A Trail Beyond Tears. Her one-woman show, Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light, combines her talents in music, poetry and storytelling.

In addition to her music writing career, Harjo is a college writing instructor, and a faculty member of the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

An important leader of the community, Harjo is a winner of the Mvskoke Women’s Leadership Award. She is a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and also writes a column for her tribal newspaper, the Muscogee Nation News.
The performance is open to the public and free of charge, and will take place at Tel Aviv University, Gilman Building, Room 223. A brochure for the performance can be viewed here.

Link to the facebook event page here.