Joy Harjo (born on May 9, 1951, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mvskoke) is a poet, musician, and author.
She is also the first Native American United States Poet Laureate.
She is an important figure in the second wave of the literary Native American Renaissance of the late twentieth century.
She studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts, completed her undergraduate degree at University of New Mexico in 1976, and earned an M.F.A.
at the University of Iowa in its Creative Writing Program.
In addition to writing books and other publications, Harjo has taught in numerous United States universities, performed at poetry readings and music events, and released five albums of her original music.
Her books include An American Sunrise (2019),Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings (2015), Crazy Brave (2012), and How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975–2002 (2004).
She was a recipient of the 2017 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.
In 2019, she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.