Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Joy Harjo, US Poet Laureate, presented by Museum of New Mexico Foundation and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture on March 2

February 08, 2022

Anne Wrinkle

Santa Fe, NM - Join the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture for an evening with the United States Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo (Muscogee (Creek) Nation). Harjo will use poetry and storytelling to create a sense of place, inspired by the reimagined exhibit, Here, Now and Always, opening this summer at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC). This event is hosted by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and MIAC. 

Selected books pre-signed by Joy Harjo will be made available for sale at the in-person event and online through the Museum Shops. 

General admission is $25.00 for the in-person event on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at 6 pm at the New Mexico Museum of Art St. Francis Auditorium. Ticket proceeds benefit the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s exhibitions and educational programs. 

The event will also be livestreamed, and access is free with advanced registration. More information is available at 

*The Museum Foundation requires a proof of vaccination for in-person attendance. 25% of seats will be left vacant for social-distancing purposes. The in-person event is subject to change based on the New Mexico Health Department Covid-19 policies or wishes of the speaker. If the in-person event is cancelled, ticket holders will be refunded.  

About Joy Harjo 

In 2019, Joy Harjo was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold the position and only the second person to serve three terms in the role. Harjo’s nine books of poetry include An American SunriseConflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. She is also the author of two memoirs, Crazy Brave and Poet Warrior, which invites us to travel along the heartaches, losses, and humble realizations of her “poet-warrior” road. She has edited several anthologies of Native American writing including When the Light of the World was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through — A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, and Living Nations, Living Words, the companion anthology to her signature poet laureate projectHer many writing awards include the 2019 Jackson Prize from the Poetry Society of America, the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation, the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Board of Directors Chair of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and holds a Tulsa Artist Fellowship. A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally; her most recent album is I Pray For My Enemies. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 


About the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture    

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Board of Regents for the Museum of New Mexico. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and our donors. The mission of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology is to serve as a center of stewardship, knowledge, and understanding of the artistic, cultural, and intellectual achievements of the diverse peoples of the Native Southwest. 

About the Museum of New Mexico Foundation

The Museum of New Mexico Foundation supports the Museum of New Mexico system, focusing on fundraising for exhibitions and education programs, retail and licensing programs, financial management, advocacy and special initiatives. The Foundation was founded in 1962 by Thomas B. Catron III with the goal of providing private support for the four state museums in Santa Fe. The private, nonprofit Foundation has expanded to support eight historic sites statewide as well as the Office of Archaeological Studies and enjoys a robust private-public partnership with the State of New Mexico and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, visit

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