Poets on Poetry: Joy Harjo ~ US Poet LaureateThursday May 21, 2020
6:30 PM until 8:00 PM
Christine Beck will discuss poet, musician and author Joy Harjo and her poetry. Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and was named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019. The author of nine books of poetry, several plays and children’s books, and a memoir, Crazy Brave, her many honors include the Ruth Lily Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award, a PEN USA Literary Award, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund Writers’ Award, a Rasmuson US Artist Fellowship, two NEA fellowships and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Harjo is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and is a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she is a Tulsa Artist Fellow. Discussion to follow. Seating is limited, so registration is requested starting April 23, online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.
About the presenter: Christine Beck (right) holds a Masters in Creative Writing from Southern Connecticut State College. Her poetry publications include Blinding Light, Grayson Press, I’m Dating Myself, Dancing Girl Press, and Stirred, Not Shaken, Four Oaks Press. Christine Beck has taught poetry at SCSU, The University of Hartford and in private workshops. She hosts a monthly poetry discussion session at the Hartford Public Library, at which a local poet discusses the work of a well-known poet. She was a former poet laureate of the Town of West Hartford. Her website is www.ChristineBeck.net.
Location: Friends Room
to go to the Welles-Turner Memorial Library