Alison Hedge Coke
Reynolds Endowed Chair, 308.865.8672

Poet and Native American Music Award winner Joy Harjo will read from her work on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

She will begin her readings at 8:30 p.m. at the Merryman Performing Art Center, located at 225 West 22nd St. The reading is free and open to the public.

Harjo, a member of the Mvskoke Nation, has written seven books poetry, including “How We Became Human – New and Selected Poems,” “The Woman Who Fell From the Sky” and “She Had Some Horses.”

She is the recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Lifetime Achievement Award, Native Writers Circle of the Americas, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Eagle Spirit Achievement Award in 2009 and the Native American Music Award (NAMMY) for Best Female Artist of the Year. She was named a United States Artists Rasmuson Fellow and received a $50,000 fellowship.

Harjo is speaking as a part of the fall 2011 Reynolds Series, which features writers from across the United States. Winners of the Reynolds Poetry and Creative Writing Scholarship will present their work on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

For more information, contact Allison Hedge Coke, UNK Reynolds Chair in Creative Writing.