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September 24, 2013
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Soul Talk, Song Language

Conversations with Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo is a "poet-healer-philosopher-saxophonist," and one of the most powerful Native American voices of her generation. She has spent the past two decades exploring her place in poetry, music, dance/performance, and art. Soul Talk, Song Language gathers together in one complete collection many of these explorations and conversations. Through an eclectic assortment of media, including personal essays, interviews, and newspaper columns, Harjo reflects upon the nuances and development of her art, the importance of her origins, and the arduous reconstructions of the tribal past, as well as the dramatic confrontation between Native American and Anglo civilizations. Harjo takes us on a journey into her identity as a woman and an artist, poised between poetry and music, encompassing tribal heritage and reassessments and comparisons with the American cultural patrimony. She presents herself in an exquisitely literary context that is rooted in ritual and ceremony and veers over the edge where language becomes music.

About the Authors

JOY HARJO became the first Native American to be named Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019. She is a multitalented artist of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. She is an internationally known poet, performer, writer, and musician. She has published seven books of acclaimed poetry including She Had Some Horses, In Mad Love and War, The Woman Who Fell from the Sky, and How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems. She has produced five award-winning albums of music and poetry including Letter from the End of the Twentieth Century, Winding through the Milky Way, and Red Dreams: A Trail Beyond Tears. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. TANAYA WINDER is a poet from the Duckwater Shoshone and Southern Ute nations. She is pursuing an MFA in poetry from University of New Mexico and working on her first collection of poetry. LAURA COLTELLI is a professor of American literature at the University of Pisa, Italy. Her publications include Winged Words, American Indian Writers Speak, and an edited collection of essays, Reading Leslie Marmon Silko.


"Soul Talk, Song Language gathers, makes, and shares stories that extend our vision of her work in and out of Indian Country."—Susan Bernardin, World Literature Today

"In Soul Talk, Song Language Joy Harjo provides a rare and treasurable acoustic: the sound of an artist and woman thinking for herself, and for us. Never afraid of large questions of purpose and identity. But never remiss either in providing beautiful, small details of craft and commitment. This is an essential book."—Eavan Boland, author of New Collected Poems

9780819574183 : soul-talk-song-language-harjo-winder-coltelli
Paperback / softback
164 Pages
$16.95 USD

Other Titles by Joy Harjo

In Mad Love and War

Joy Harjo
Jul 2019 - Wesleyan University Press
$15.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light

Joy Harjo, Priscilla Page
Feb 2019 - Wesleyan University Press
$40.00 USD - Hardback
$15.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$12.99 USD - Electronic book text

Soul Talk, Song Language

Joy Harjo
Jan 2012 - Wesleyan University Press
$12.99 USD - Electronic book text

Other Titles in LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays

French Guiana

Patrick Chamoiseau
Mar 2020 - Wesleyan University Press
$14.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Shapes of Native Nonfiction

edited by Elissa Washuta, Theresa Warburton
Jul 2019 - University of Washington Press
$95.00 USD - Hardback
$29.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Richardson-Sinkler Connections

edited by Harriet Clare Sinkler Little
May 2019 - University of South Carolina Press
$44.99 USD - Hardback