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An Evening with Poet Joy Harjo

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Diane and David B Heller Auditorium

2233 N. Clark Street

Chicago, IL 60614

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Please join us for a reading with acclaimed poet Joy Harjo, followed by a Q&A and book signing, with several of her publications available for purchase before the event.

Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is a member of the Mvskoke Nation. Strongly influenced by her Mvskoke (also known as Creek) heritage, feminist and social concerns, and her background in the arts, Harjo frequently incorporates Mvskoke myths, symbols and values into her writing. Her poetry inhabits the Southwest landscape and centers around the need for remembrance and transcendence. Often autobiographical, her work is informed by her love of the natural world and her preoccupation with survival and the limitations of language.

Harjo’s work includes titles such as How We Became Human - New and Selected Poems, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky and She Had Some Horses among others. She has received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her most recent publication, For A Girl Becoming, a young adult/coming of age story, was released in 2009. More on Joy Harjo is available at joyharjo.com.

Please join us for a wonderful evening of poetry!

This event is made possible through a gift from the Hansell family. The Jeanne Harris Hansell Endowed Fund for Poetry, established in the name of Jeanne Harris Hansell ’45, will ensure continued success of the “Poetry at Parker” series, as well as allow the school to host renowned guest poets and speakers about poetry in years to come. Former Poet Laureate Billy Collins was Parker’s inaugural visiting poet in the 2012–13 academic year, followed by Nikky Finney (2013–14), Louise Glück (2014–15) and Kevin Young (2015–16).

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