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Joy Harjo, U.S. Poet Laureate: A Resource Guide

On June 19, 2019, Joy Harjo was appointed the 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. This guide provides access to selected print and online resources related to Harjo's life and work.


U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. 2019. Photo by Shawn Miller, Library of Congress.

On June 19, 2019, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the appointment of Joy Harjo as the 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. On making the appointment, Dr. Hayden said:

Joy Harjo has championed the art of poetry—‘soul talk’ as she calls it—for over four decades. To her, poems are ‘carriers of dreams, knowledge and wisdom,’ and through them she tells an American story of tradition and loss, reckoning and myth-making. Her work powerfully connects us to the earth and the spiritual world with direct, inventive lyricism that helps us reimagine who we are.

Harjo took up her duties in fall 2019, opening the Library’s annual literary season on September 19th at 7 p.m. with a reading of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium.

On April 30, 2020, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden appointed Harjo to a second term in the position. 

This guide provides an overview of print and online resources related to Joy Harjo's life and work. To suggest additions to this guide, please contact the Researcher and Reference Services Division.

Contact Information for Joy Harjo

If you would like to contact Joy Harjo please direct your inquiries as suggested below:

  • Reading and Event Requests: Contact Blue Flower Arts External, which represents Joy Harjo, if you would like to schedule Harjo for a reading or other event.
  • Media/Press Inquiries: Brett Zongker, Office of Communications, Library of Congress - (202) 707-1639 |
  • Permissions Requests: Contact the publisher of the poem or work written by Harjo that you'd like to use.
  • Reference Questions: Use the Library's Ask a Librarian service.