Joy Harjo (born May 9, 1951) is a Native American poet, musician, and author. She is often cited as playing a formidable role in the second wave of what critic Kenneth Lincoln has coined the Native American Renaissance.
Known primarily as a poet, Harjo has also taught at the college level, played alto saxophone with a band called Poetic Justice, edited literary journals, and written screenplays.
Harjo is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and is of Cherokee descent. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.
In 1995, Harjo received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas.
In 2002, Harjo received the PEN Open Book Award, formerly known as the Beyond Margins Award for A Map to the Next World: Poetry and Tales
In January of 2013, Harjo will join the faculty of the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Soul Talk Soul Language (2011)
- How We Became Human New and Selected Poems: 1975 - 2001 (2002)
- A Map to the Next World (2000)
- The Woman Who Fell From the Sky (1994) Oklahoma Book Award Recipient
- Fishing (1992)
- In Mad Love and War (1990) American Book Award and Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award Recipient
- Secrets from the Center of the World (1989)
- The Woman Hanging from the Thirteenth Floor Window (1983)
- New Orleans (1983)
- She Had Some Horses (1983)
- What Moon Drove Me to This? (1979)
- The Last Song (1975)
- When the World As We Knew It Ended
- I Give You Back
- Reinventing the Enemy's Language: Contemporary Native Women's Writings of North America (1998)
- Crazy Brave: A Memoir (2012)
- For a Girl Becoming (2009)
- The Good Luck Cat (2000)
- Red Dreams: A Trail Beyond Tears (2010)
- Winding Through the Milky Way (2008)
- She Had Some Horses (2006)
- Native Joy for Real (2004)
Joy Harjo and Poetic Justice
- Letter From the End of the Twentieth Century (1997)
- Mvskoke Women's Leadership Award (2011)
- Nammy Native American Music Award (2009)
- Eagle Spirit Achievement Award (2009)
- United States Artists Rasmuson Fellows Award (2008)
- Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers "Writer of the Year" for the script A Thousand Roads (2005)
- Writer of the Year - Poetry How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001 (2004)
- Storyteller of the Year Native Joy for Real by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. (2004)
- Arrell Gibson Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Oklahoma Center
How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001 (2003)
- Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001 (2003)
- Writer of the Year/children's books
by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers for The Good Luck Cat (2001)
- National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships (1998)
- Finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award
Reinventing the Enemy's Language (1998)
- Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund Writer's Award
for work with the nonprofit group Atlatl to bring literary resources to the Native American community. (1998)
- New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts (1997)
- Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers Musical Artist of the Year Poetic Justice (1997)
- Bravo Award from the Albuquerque Arts Alliance (1996)
- Oklahoma Book Award
The Woman Who Fell from the Sky (1995)
- Witter Bynner Poetry Fellowship (1994)
- Woodrow Wilson Fellowship at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont (1993)
- Honorary Doctorate from Benedictine College (1992)
- American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation In Mad Love and War (1991)
- William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America (1991)
- Oakland PEN, Josephine Miles Poetry Award (1991)
- Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award, New York University (1991)
- The American Indian Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award (1990)
- Arizona Commission on the Arts Poetry Fellowship (1989)
- NEH Summer Stipend in American Indian Literature and Verbal Arts, University of Arizona (1987)
- New Mexico Music Awards (1987)
- Outstanding Young Women of America (1984)
- 1st Place in Poetry in the Santa Fe Festival of the Arts (1980)
- Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of The Americas.
- University of New Mexico Academy of American Poets Award.
- Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award
- Featured in Pushcart Prize Poetry Anthologies XV & XIII
- Bochynski, Pegge. Review of "How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems: 1975-2001 by Joy Harjo". Magill’s Literary Annual, 2003. Ed. John D. Wilson and Steven G. Kellman. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 2003. Pages 379-383.
- "Joy Harjo" by Pegge Bochynski, in American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies, Supplement XII edited by Jay Parini. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003. Pages 215-234.
- “She Had Some Horses” by Pegge Bochynski in Masterplots II, Poetry, Revised edition. Ed. Philip K. Jason. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 2002. Pages 3369-3371.
- Stone, Louise M. Update and revision by Pegge Bochynski. “Joy Harjo” in Magill Survey of American Literature, Revised Edition. Ed. Steven G. Kellman. Pasadena, Calif. Salem Press, 2006. Pages 980-988.