American Indian Joy Harjo – 2020 Special Guest at Palm Beach Poetry Festival is Named U.S. Poet Laureate
Joy Harjo – 2020 Special Guest and U.S. Poet Laureate
I hadn't spoken to Susan Williamson in some time. She is one of my oldest and dearest friends but we don't speak often, so she was one of several friends from years ago that I phoned on Christmas Eve to "touch base".
She is a poet and also director of the yearly Palm Beach Poetry Festival . This is an important event in the world of poetry, but she mentioned that this years it was especially important since the current American Poet Laureate was to be a special guest.
And interestingly, the current American Poet Laureate is the first Indian to hold that position!
The Festival congratulates Joy Harjo, our Special Guest Poet at the 16th annual festival, for her being named the 23rd United States Poet Laureate. We announced earlier that Harjo would be Special Guest Poet at the upcoming festival, where she will be interviewed by faculty poet Laure-Anne Bosselaar, and will deliver the annual Thomas Lux Memorial Reading following the festival gala.
“This is the second time that the Palm Beach Poetry Festival will host a sitting poet laureate of the United States, though we have featured many others before they were named or after they served,” said Williamson. “We could not be more thrilled to congratulate and welcome Joy Harjo, whose poetry often merges the global and the personal, and the imagery of the natural world with that of the inner one.” ( Cont'd )
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