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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)April 27, 2003

(Mahwah) – Native American author and musician Joy Harjo will read from her work Wednesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in J. Lee’s, located in the Scott Student Center at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Harjo is the author of seven books of poetry, including She Had Some Horses, In Mad Love and War, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, What Moon Drove Me to This?, and most recently, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems. The public is invited. There is no admission charge.

In addition, Harjo has written a children’s book, The Good Luck Cat, and a collection of short stories, and is the co-editor of an anthology, Reinventing the Enemy’s Language: Contemporary Native American Women’s Writing from North America. She has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and collaborated on a number of television productions dealing with Native Americans. She was the narrator for the Native Americans series on the Turner Network and for the Emmy Award-winning show, Navajo Codetalkers for National Geographic.

Harjo performs nationally and internationally solo and with her band, playing the alto saxophone. Her performances have taken her to the Middle East, India, Europe and throughout North and South America. She and her band were invited guests of the Olympics in Atlanta. They have opened for and performed with many groups, including the Indigo Girls and Bonnie Raitt. She has produced three CDs including Letter From the End of the Twentieth Century.

Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is an enrolled member of the Muscogee Nation. She is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. She received a B.A. from the University of New Mexico and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa’s Creative Writing Workshop. She is a full professor at UCLA in American Indian studies and English. When not teaching and performing, she lives in Honolulu.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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