The 11th Annual Creative Edge Lecture
Friday, February 28, 2020 at 10am
Presented by Arts Orange County, the Orange County Department of Education, and Fourth District PTA
Arts Orange County, the Orange County Department of Education, and Fourth District PTA are proud to present Joy Harjo, in this, the 11th Annual presentation of the Creative Edge Lecture – a series that brings to the community renowned thought-leaders on creativity and innovation to inspire the work of artists, educators and leaders in our community.
Joy Harjo was appointed the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States by the Librarian of Congress in June 2019, and is the first Native American Poet Laureate in the history of the position. Joy Harjo’s nine books of poetry include An American Sunrise, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. Harjo’s memoir Crazy Brave won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. She is the recipient of the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation for Lifetime Achievement, the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets for proven mastery in the art of poetry; a Guggenheim Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the United States Artist Fellowship. In 2014, she was inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame.
A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally, solo and with her band, the Arrow Dynamics. She has five award-winning CDs of music, including the award-winning album Red Dreams, A Trail Beyond Tears and Winding Through the Milky Way, which won a Native American Music Award for Best Female Artist of the Year in 2009. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she is a Tulsa Artist Fellow.
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