Sep 10, 2015
By Michael Kramer
Poet Joy Harjo – known for drawing upon the Southwest American landscape, has won a $100,000 prize for lifetime achievement.
The Academy of American Poets announced that the 64-year-old Harjo has received the Wallace Stevens Award for “proven mastery.”
She was also praised for her “visionary justice-seeking art” and for transforming “bitterness to beauty” and “trauma to healing.”
Her books include “How We Became Human” and “The Woman Who Fell from the Sky.”
Previous winners include W.S. Merwin and Adrienne Rich.
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