An evening with U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo |
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October 20, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Overture Center for the Arts • Venue TBA • Madison
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street Venue TBA
53703 Madison , WI

The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, with support from the Wisconsin Book Festival, is pleased to host an evening of poetry with United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. The evening will begin with readings by Wisconsin poets, followed by a reading by Harjo and a conversation between her and Kimberly M. Blaeser, the 2015-2016 Wisconsin Poet Laureate. The two will discuss the recent release of When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry and the state of Native poetry, as well as Harjo’s goals as the U.S. Poet Laureate in a time marked by deep partisan divides. A book signing will follow the event.

This event is open to the public with advance online registration on a pay-what-you-can basis to encourage broad participation. Registration opens June 1, 2020.

A ticketed reception with Harjo will be held from 5:00–6:30 pm in the Academy’s James Watrous Gallery on the third floor of Overture Center for the Arts prior to the reading. Tickets for the reception are $75 ($50 for Academy members) and space is limited. Reception attendees will have an opporutnity to meet Harjo, will secure reserved seats for the evening converation, view works by Navajo artist Dakota Mace, and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. 


This event is part of the Wisconsin Academy's 150th Anniversary celebration. Thanks to the following 150th Anniversary sponsors and partners for their support:

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Joy Harjo is the U.S. Poet Laureate. Her nine books of poetry include An American Sunrise, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses.

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James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
3rd Floor, Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608.733.6633 x25