The first Native American to be named United States Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo discusses her tumultuous life, her career as an award-winning poet and her newest book of poetry, “An American Sunrise.” Joy also talks about reparations, universal connection, her native ancestors and our innate, self-protective instincts.
Production assistant Ben Kreimer speaks with Joy Harjo about her musical career and many other talents. In 2009, Harjo won the Native American Music Award for Best Female Artist of the year for her Album Winding Through the Milky Way. She is also a writer, playwright and award winning poet.
Do you ever rely on your intuition when you’re at a crossroads? Today’s guest has trusted in this power for most of her life, and it’s led her to where she is today. Joy Harjo is a poet, musician, and author, and an inspiring female figure among Native American artists and the broader poetry community. More about this episode: majomolfino.com/blog/2018/1/28/poetry-listening-with-joy-harjoJoy hit a major crossroads while taking her pre-med courses, where she had to decide whether to follow the more conventional path or commit herself to what she truly felt connected to. You’ll love her profound insights on the importance of listening and following your “inner knowing”, along with her tips for self-renewal and honoring your creative side. Show Notes:-What Joy was like as a little girl, how she coped with the unique challenges within her family, and the important relationship she built with her ancestors. [2:20]-After music was literally taken away from her, the chance to attend an American Indian art school “saved her life”. [8:54] -On the challenges Joy faced as a young wife and mother, and her process of building a better life for herself. [12:30]-How she reconnected with art and started writing while attending medical school. [15:53]-“I know beyond knowing that this is the path I’m supposed to take.” How Joy found the courage to follow poetry. [21:06]-On connecting to your intuition (or “the knowing”), listening to the voices of your ancestors and your own spirit, and resisting the conventional path. [24:04]-How Joy stays fluid while creating/performing across a range of artistic mediums. [29:30]-Joy’s tips for paying attention to your creative impulses and making time for them. [32:50]-Joy shares about the importance of learning to listen, changing your beliefs to open up what’s possible, and picking up the saxophone at forty. [36:38]-“Perhaps the world ends here.” Joy closes by reading one of her gorgeous poems. [40:29]References:Majo's website – majomolfino.comJoy's website – joyharjo.comMusic by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – carolynpennypackerriggs.comWant to support women's voices? Go to patreon.com/heroinefm & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.
Sterlin sits down with poet Joy Harjo for an in-depth conversation about growing up in the Greaser neighborhoods of Tulsa, Oklahoma. They also talk about her career, addiction, and listening to your spirits. Dedicated to the memory of Lavina Bowers.