'Voices of the Nation' Poetry Series
Celebrating the poetry of U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo
The third and last webinar in the series will focus on the work of Joy Harjo, current U.S. Poet Laureate, 2019-2021. Harjo is the first Indigenous poet to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate. She received the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation for Lifetime Achievement, the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Kimberly Wieser, PhD, is assistant chair and an associate professor of English at the University of Oklahoma. She is an affiliated faculty member with Native American Studies and Environmental Studies and is the national director for Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas, housed at the University of Oklahoma since 1992.
She is the author of Back to the Blanket: Recovered Rhetorics and Literacies in American Indian Studies (University of Oklahoma Press, 2017). The book is part of the Recovering Languages and Literacies of the Americas Initiative, and it won the Louis Little Coon Oliver First Book Award for Prose 2004.
Under her previous name, Kimberly Roppolo, she was one of the co-authors of Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008), named one of the most important books in her field in the first decade of the 21st century by NAISA. Her poetry collection Texas ... to Get Horses was published by That Painted Horse Press in 2019. She is the recipient of a National Humanities Center Summer Fellowship for her manuscript in progress “War Began to Kindle and Was Cruelly Fought”: Historical Poems from The DeSoto Chronicles.
The series is hosted by Jacqueline Lyons, associate professor of English and creative writing at California Lutheran University. Lyons is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Adorable Airport (Barrow Street Press). Her first book of poetry, The Way They Say Yes Here, won a Peace Corps Writers Best Poetry Book Award. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry fellowship, Utah Arts Council awards in poetry and nonfiction, and a Nevada Arts Council fellowship in nonfiction.
Events are virtual, free and open to the public. Advance registration is required: https://www.callutheran.edu/community-business/voices-of-the-nation.html. Event links will be sent to registrants.