Tulsa Native Joy Harjo will be the featured presenter at the Oklahoma Library Association's Banquet April 3 in the Ardmore Convention Center.
Harjo is an internationally known poet, performer, writer and saxophone player of the Myskoke/Creek Nation. She has published seven books of poetry, including well known titles such as "How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems," "The Woman Who Fell From the Sky" and "She Had Some Horses." Harjo has received many awards for her published works, including 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.
In her memoir, "Crazy Brave," Harjo tells of her journey to becoming a poet. Ms Magazine called it, "the best kind of memoir, an unself-conscious mix of autobiography, spiritual rumination, cultural evaluation, history and political analysis told in simple but authoritative and deeply poetic prose."
Also a renowned musician, Harjo has released four award-winning CD's of original music and in 2009 won a Native American Music Award for Best Female Artist of the Year for "Winding Through the Milky Way." She performs nationally and internationally with her band, the Arrow Dynamics. Harjo lives in Glenpool.
The public is invited to the banquet. Tickets are $40, which includes a meal. Space is limited so make reservations by calling (580) 223-3164 or visiting the Chickasaw Regional (Public) Library System at 601 Railway Express.