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January 6, 2022

Joy Harjo, the first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate, writes poetry that explores her personal experiences, the history of her ancestors, and social change. Now she’s teaching you how to find the language to express yourself and approach your art with deeper motivation. Explore rhythm in art, navigate the world of revisions, and unlock your innate creativity to help you express your unique stories.

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Known for her work as a poet, activist, and musician, Joy Harjo, the 23rd U.S. Poet Laureate, has created impactful art that explores her personal experiences and ancestral history with insight and nuance. Her astonishing observations, unique approach, and honest look at the lives of Native Americans have propelled her to win countless awards.

She’s also well-respected for her musical prowess. She was named Best Female Musical Artist at the Native American Music Awards in 2008, and has seven albums packed to the brim with heart and soul. In her class you will learn how to unlock your innate creativity, find your voice, and discover different ways to approach your art.

Lessons in this online class include:
• Listening Comes Before Writing
• Going Into Difficult Places
• Unblocking Creativity
• Imagery and Form
• Writing and Revising
• Honoring the Source
• Poetry Ancestors
• Mapping Representation
• Bonus: Turning Poetry Into Song

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