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Finding their Way through the Dark: Helping Students to Recognize their Gifts.

Thursday, June 4, 2020
9:00 a.m.

Joy Harjo

In 2019, Joy Harjo became the 23rd U.S. poet laureate, the first Native American to hold the position. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Harjo is an internationally known poet, writer, performer, and saxophone player of the Mvskoke (Creek) Nation. Grammy award–winning saxophonist Paul Winter says, “Joy Harjo is a poet of music just as she is a poet of words.”

An author of several books of poetry, plays, and a memoir, she received the PEN USA Literary Award and the American Book Award for her memoir Crazy Brave (W.W. Norton, 2012).

Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally, both solo and with her band, Arrow Dynamics. The most recent of her five CDs of music and poetry, Red Dreams, A Trail Beyond Tears, features traditional flute music and won a Native American Music Award (NAMMY).

A Conversation with Tommy Orange

Friday, June 5, 2020
9:00 a.m.

Tommy Orange is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel There There, a multigenerational, relentlessly paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans. The novel was one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year and won the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the PEN/Hemingway Award; it was also longlisted for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Orange graduated from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts and was a 2014 MacDowell Fellow and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He was born and raised in Oakland, California, and is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.