State of Art: Talking with Joy Harjo, 23rd poet laureate of the United States

23rd poet laureate of the United States Joy Harjo (Shawn Miller, courtesy of Joy Harjo)

This week on State of Art we’re hearing from Joy Harjo. She served as poet laureate of the United States from 2019 to this year. As the first Native American to hold the position, she made it her goal to lift up the voices of indigenous poets. We discuss her relationship to Alaska, her time as poet laureate and her new work.


Joy Harjo’s WEBSITE
Harjo’s recent event with the Anchorage Museum

Ammon Swenson is Alaska Public Media’s Audio Media Content Producer. He was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He graduated from UAA in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and integrated media. He’s previously worked for KRUA radio, the Anchorage Press, and The Northern Light.

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