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Joy Harjo (born Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 9, 1951) is an American poet, musician, and author of Native American Canadian ancestry. Known primarily as a poet, Harjo has also taught at the college level, played tenor saxophone with a band called Poetic Justice, edited literary journals, and written screenplays. She is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma and is of Cherokee descent. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.





  • How We Become Human New and Selected Poems: 1975 - 2001 (2002)
  • A Map to the Next World (2000)
  • The Woman Who Fell From the Sky (1994) received the Oklahoma Book Award
  • Fishing (1992)
  • In Mad Love and War (1990) received an American Book Award and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award
  • Secrets from the Center of the World (1989)
  • The Woman Hanging from the Thirteenth Floor Window (1983)
  • New Orleans (1983)
  • She Had Some Horses (1983)
  • What Moon Drove Me to This? (1979)
  • The Last Song (1975)
  • Remember

Children's Book

  • The Good Luck Cat (2000)


Joy Harjo

  • Winding Through the Milky Way" (2008)
  • She Had Some Horses" (2006)
  • "Native Joy for Real" (2004)

Joy Harjo and Poetic Justice

  • Letter From the End of the Twentieth Century (1997)


  • She Had Some Horses
  • When the World As We Knew It Ended
  • I Give You Back


  • Bochynski, Pegge. Review of "How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems: 1975-2001 by Joy Harjo". Magill’s Literary Annual, 2003. Ed. John D. Wilson and Steven G. Kellman. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 2003. Pages 379-383.
  • "Joy Harjo" by Pegge Bochynski, in American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies, Supplement XII edited by Jay Parini. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003. Pages 215-234.
  • “She Had Some Horses” by Pegge Bochynski in Masterplots II, Poetry, Revised edition. Ed. Philip K. Jason. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 2002. Pages 3369-3371.
  • Stone, Louise M. Update and revision by Pegge Bochynski. “Joy Harjo” in Magill Survey of American Literature, Revised Edition. Ed. Steven G. Kellman. Pasadena, Calif. Salem Press, 2006. Pages 980-988.

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