Bill Moyers interviews Joy Harjo

By Susan Page

Join the San Miguel Poetry Week and the San Miguel Writers Conference for a special event honoring Native American poet and musician Joy Harjo, who will be the keynote speaker at the Writers Conference here in San Miguel in February. A documentary of Bill Moyers Power of the Word interview with Joy Harjo will be shown in the Santa Ana Theater immediately preceding the San Miguel Poetry Week’s reading featuring Christopher Merrill and poets who have published in the past year. The recipient of many awards for her work, Joy Harjo is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. She has published seven books of poetry to great critical acclaim. Awards for her poetry include 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. She is also highly decorated for her achievements as a musician, and has numerous award-winning poetic musical CDs. In 2009 she was awarded Best Female Artist of the Year in the Native American Music Awards.

Video: San Miguel Writers Conference & Literary Festival presents Bill Moyers interviews Joy Harjo. Tue, Jan 3, 6pm. Santa Ana Theater, La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A, Free

Harjo believes that writing poetry is singing the dreaming language of the soul. The documentary screening on January 3rd is free and open to the public.

Her February keynote will include both poetry and music. Harjo’s February keynote address is titled “Soul Talk, Soul Language.” She will join Margaret Atwood and several other writers on Sunday, February 19, at 1:30pm to discuss “Writing in the 21st Century.”

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