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Live Stream Performance by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo | Tuesday, Oct 20, 5:00pm


Have a question for Joy Harjo? Visit tinyurl.com/harjolecture to ask your question.

You can also watch directly via YouTube


Kimiko HahnKimiko Hahn

4:00 p.m., Friday, September 25, 2020, Zoom

Kimiko Hahn is the author of Foreign Bodies (W.W. Norton, 2020), and nine other books of poems, including Brain Fever (W.W. Norton, 2014) and Toxic Flora (W.W.Norton, 2010), both collections prompted by science; The Narrow Road to the Interior (W.W.Norton, 2006) a collection that takes its title from Basho’s famous poetic journal; The Unbearable Heart (Kaya, 1996), which received an American Book Award; and Earshot (Hanging Loose Press, 1992), which was awarded the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize and an Association of Asian American Studies Literature Award. Other honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, PEN/Voelcker Award, Shelley Memorial Prize, and a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the N.Y. Foundation for the Arts. More information at the news release


Co-sponsored by the Department of English and SGA Fine Arts Fees.




Joy HarjoJoy Harjo

5:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 20, 2020, Live-stream

The U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, will speak at Kansas State on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 5:00-6:00 pm; the event will be live-streamed from this page.

Harjo is a preeminent poet and spoken word artist, as well as being the first Native American poet laureate.
She is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and was named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019.

Her performances are highly engaging, usually consisting of music, powerful spoken word, and conversation.

Sponsored by Kansas State University's Student Governing Association, the Student Association of Graduates in English (SAGE) and the English Department, the Indigenous Faculty and Staff Alliance, K-State Libraries, the DOW Center for Multicultural and Community Studies at K-State Libraries, and the Beach Museum.





Emily NemensEmily Nemens

4:00 p.m., Friday, October 30, 2020, Zoom

Emily Nemens is a writer, illustrator, and editor. Her debut novel, The Cactus League, was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in February 2020 to critical acclaim. In 2018 Nemens became the seventh editor of the Paris Review, the nation's preeminent literary quarterly. Since her arrival, the magazine has won the ASME Award for Fiction, seen record-high circulation, published two anthologies, and produced a second season of its acclaimed podcast. Previously, she co-edited the Southern Review, a storied literary quarterly published at Louisiana State University. For more information about Nemens' work, visit her web site.

Register for the reading at tinyurl.com/emilykstate2020.

Co-sponsored by the Department of English and SGA Fine Arts Fees.




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