Join in an evening of readings and discussion with Joy Harjo (Creative Writing, English), who just recently recieved the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. Harjo will be joined by Gabriel Solis (Music, African American Studies, and Anthropology).
This event is free and open to the public.
Joy Harjo has published seven books of poetry, which includes such well-known titles as How We Became Human, New and Selected Poems, W.W. Norton 2004. Her writing awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Rasmuson United States Artist Fellowship, and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her most recent publication is a memoir Crazy Brave, WW Norton 2012, which has won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. She performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally, solo and with her band, the Arrow Dynamics, and tours her one-woman show. She has five CDʻs of music and poetry including her most recent award-winning album Red Dreams, A Trail Beyond Tears. Her newest collection of poetry, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings will be published by Norton in Fall 2015, and she is working on her next memoir. She has a commission from the Public Theater of NY to write her musical play, We Were There When Jazz Was Invented, a musical that will restore southeastern natives to the American story of blues and jazz. She is a member of the Mvskoke Creek Nation and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Gabriel Solis is Professor of Music, African American Studies, and Anthropology at the University of Ilinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of the books Monk’s Music: Thelonious Monk and Jazz History in the Making (University of California Press, 2008) and Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall (Oxford University Press, 2013), and co-editor (with Bruno Nettl) of the volume, Musical Improvisation: Art, Education, and Society (University of Illinois Press, 2009). His articles on jazz, rock, pop, Indigenous music, and theory in ethnomusicology have appeared in such journals as Ethnomusicology, The Musical Quarterly, Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Critical Sociology, and Popular Music and Society. His work has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Madden Fund, and the Mellon Foundation, and has received awards from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections and the Society for Ethnomusicology.