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2011.11.02 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

Poet Joy Harjo to Speak at UNO

Omaha - Joy Harjo, a nationally known poet and author, will speak at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Her presentation, sponsored by UNO’s Dual Enrollment Program and Department of English, will be on in the Milo Bail Student Center.

Harjo is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma and is of Cherokee descent. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. She is known primarily as a poet. Her collection In Mad Love and War (1990) received an American Book Award and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award. She most recently authored a memoir, Crazy Brave.

Harjo has also taught at the college level, played alto saxophone with the band Poetic Justice, edited literary journals and written screenplays. In 1995, Harjo received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas. Her presentation at UNO is free and open to the campus community and public. A book signing will take place at the end of the event.

For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

Harry Duncan

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