April is National Poetry month, so we invite you to explore these Native American Poets through one of these anthologies, available in the Curtis collection.  Click on the title to check availability and reserve for curbside pick up.

Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry edited by Poet Laureate Joy Harjo will be available in early May.  This anthology features work by forty-seven contemporary Native Nations poets, including Natalie Diaz, Ray Young Bear, Craig Santos Perez, Sherwin Bitsui, and Layli Long Soldier, among others.

Native Voices: Indigenous American Poetry, Craft and Conversations edited by CMarie Fuhrman and Dean Rader (2019). This diverse collection of stories and poems told by Indigenous writers about themselves and their histories.  The collection includes Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Erdrich, Joy Harjo and many more.

When the Light of the World was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry edited by Joy Harjo, LeAnne Howe and Jennifer Elise Foerster (2020).  Poet Laureate Joy Harjo gathers the work of more than 160 poets, representing nearly 100 indigenous nations, into the first historically comprehensive Native poetry anthology. This landmark anthology celebrates the indigenous peoples of North America, the first poets of this country, whose literary traditions stretch back centuries. Each section begins with a poem from traditional oral literatures and closes with emerging poets, ranging from Eleazar, a seventeenth-century Native student at Harvard, to Jake Skeets, a young Diné poet born in 1991, and including renowned writers such as Luci Tapahanso, Natalie Diaz, Layli Long Soldier, and Ray Young Bear. (from the publisher)

Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is serving her second term as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States. (photo: Matika Wilber)

The author of nine books of poetry, including the highly acclaimed An American Sunrise, several plays and children’s books, and two memoirs, Crazy Brave and Poet Warrior: A Call for Love and Justice, her many honors include the Ruth Lily Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award, two NEA fellowships, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. As a musician and performer, Harjo has produced seven award-winning music albums including her newest, I Pray for My Enemies. She is Exec­u­tive Edi­tor of the anthol­o­gy When the Light of the World was Sub­dued, Our Songs Came Through — A Nor­ton Anthol­o­gy of Native Nations Poet­ry and the editor of Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry, the companion anthology to her signature Poet Laureate project. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Board of Directors Chair of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and holds a Tulsa Artist Fellowship. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (https://www.joyharjo.com/)

Collections by individual poets:

An American Sunrise: Poems by Joy Harjo

How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems by Joy Harjo

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If you would like more poetry recommendations, call us at 725-5242.  We are happy to help.