Joy (Foster) Harjo (b. 1951)
Poet, Musician, Author
Last updated 7/15/2017 at 1:10pm
"Joy Harjo...transforms personal and collective bitterness to beauty, fragmentation to wholeness, and trauma to healing."
-Alicia Ostiker, Chancellor, Academy of American Poets
Multi-talented artist Joy Harjo is considered as pivotal in the artistic Native American Renaissance during the latter half of the 20th Century. Born Joy Foster in Tulsa, Oklahoma she took her paternal grandmother's surname when she enrolled in the Muscogee (Mvskoke/Creek ) Nation.
She discovered and developed her artistic voice while studying at the Institute of American Indian Arts, earned a BA degree from th...