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National Poetry Month 2020

This guide lists MSU Library activities and other resources for the current year's April National Poetry Month

United States of America Poet Laureate: Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo, the 2019 Mississippi State University Writer in Residence, was named the twenty-third Poet Laureate for the United States shortly after her visit to campus. Harjo, member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, is an accomplished poet, author, playwright, and musician. Harjo has received many awards for her work, including the Ruth Lily Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award, a PEN USA Literary Award, Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund Writers' Award, and several prestigious fellowships. 


For more information, please visit:

Joy Harjo Official Site

Poetry Foundation

NPR Announcement: Joy Harjo Becomes The 1st Native American U.S. Poet Laureate

Joy Harjo

"Poet Laureate of the United States Joy Harjo" by Shawn Miller, Library of Congress Life CC0 1.0 Universal

Harjo's Poetry at MS State:



Interviews with Joy Harjo & Analyses Works