In her new memoir, Harjo, an internationally known performer and writer of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation, explores her own journey to becoming an award-winning poet. From growing up in Oklahoma, the end place of the Trail of Tears, and learning to escape her abusive stepfather through her imagination, to attending an Indian arts boarding school, to becoming a teenage single mother, Harjo eventually finds her poetic voice.
Joy Harjo is an internationally known performer and writer of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. She has written seven books of poetry, including She Had Some Horses and How We Became Human, and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Keren Taylor is the founder and Executive Director of WriteGirl, a creative writing and mentoring organization for teen girls, and has served as publisher and editor for all of WriteGirl's award-winning books. Keren is a Community Champion with the Annenberg Alchemy Program, co-facilitating seminars for nonprofit executives. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the President’s Volunteer Call to Service Award, Soroptomist International’s Woman of Distinction Award and others. Keren is a poet, singer/songwriter and mosaic artist.
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