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Joy Harjo

Books: Hear Joy Harjo, Tina McElroy Ansa

U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo (pictured), the first Native American to hold that title, will read from her works at 4 p.m. Saturday at a virtual event hosted by the Stuart A. Rose Library at Emory University. Harjo is a citizen of the Mvskoke (Creek) nation, whose tribal lands were in Georgia and across the Southeast before the tribe was forcibly moved to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears. She’s written nine books of poetry; her latest is An American Sunrise. She’s also a singer and saxophonist and has just released a new album titled I Pray for My Enemies. Harjo’s acclaimed memoir is titled Crazy Brave. Her work is steeped in her Native American heritage, delving into both historical references and modern challenges that face her people. The reading is free, but pre-registration is required.


The Hammonds House Museum will present Georgia-born author Tina McElroy Ansa for its virtual Wine & Words With Michelle Gipson series at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Ansa will discuss her career and her new book, Meeting at the Table: African American Women Write on Race, Culture and Community. Ansa and Wanda S. Loyd created the book project together to give voice to how race and culture have affected African American women and their families, careers and communities. The list of contributors includes Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and hip-hop scholar Regina Bradley. The Zoom event is free for museum members; $5 for the general public. Pre-registration required.