From the Stacks is a regular series in which we solicit authors to wander our library and choose books that have been important to them and/or that they recommend.
Joy Harjo’s eight books of poetry include Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How 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 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 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 Dreams, A 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. She is Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Joy's selections From the Stacks are:
Look by Solmaz Sharif
By My Precise Haircut by Cheryl Clarke
Dear, Sincerely by David Hernandez
Shallcross by C.D. Wright
Looking For Trouble by Roque Dalton
Like That by Matthew Yeager
Blackacre by Monica Youn
Manifestation Wolverine by Ray Young Bear
Collected Poems: 1974-2004 by Rita Dove