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Wednesday, October 14 • 5:00pm - 6:15pm
When the Light of the World Was Subdued: The Legacy of Native American Poetry

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This event is now available to watch on our YouTube page, along with the rest of our 2020 festival programming.

Join Litquake as we celebrate launch of When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through, the first historically comprehensive Native poetry anthology, co-edited by current U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. Gathering the work of more than 160 poets, this landmark collection celebrates the indigenous peoples of North America, the first poets of this country, whose literary traditions stretch back centuries. Opening with a blessing from Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday, the book contains powerful introductions from contributing editors who represent the five geographically organized sections, and offers the extraordinary sweep of Native literature, without which no study of American poetry is complete. Joy Harjo reads from and discusses, with When the Light contributing editor and poet Jennifer Foerster. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and was named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019.The author of nine books of poetry, several plays and children's books, and a memoir, Crazy Brave, her many honors include... Read More →
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Jennifer Foerster

Jennifer Elise Foerster is the author of two books of poetry, Leaving Tulsa (2013) and Bright Raft in the Afterweather (2018), and is contributing editor, along with Joy Harjo, for the new Native Nations poetry anthology When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through... Read More →

Wednesday October 14, 2020 5:00pm - 6:15pm PDT