Creative Edge Lecture

Bringing renowned thought-leaders on creativity and innovation to inspire our own work as artists, educators, and community leaders since 2010

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2020 - Joy Harjo - "Poet Laureate of the United States"

2020 Speaker - Joy Harjo

United States Poet Laureate (2019-present)
Winner of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize
PEN USA Literary Award for Nonfiction

Joy Harjo's nine books of poetry include An American SunriseConflict Resolution for Holy BeingsHow We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. Harjo's memoir Crazy Brave won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. She is the recipient of the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation for Lifetime Achievement, the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets for proven mastery in the art of poetry; a Guggenheim Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the United States Artist Fellowship. In 2014 she was inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally, solo and with her band, the Arrow Dynamics. She has five award-winning CDs of music including the award-winning album Red DreamsA Trail Beyond Tears and Winding Through the Milky Way, which won a Native American Music Award for Best Female Artist of the Year in 2009. Her latest book of poetry, An American Sunrise, is now available from Norton. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.



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Major Sponsors

Phil and Mary Lyons

Charlie & Ling Zhang

Sustaining Sponsors


Contributing Sponsors

Susan K. Hori
Judith Posnikoff


Individual Sponsors

Thomas H. Nielsen


Ellen Breitman