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Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light

A Play by Joy Harjo and a Circle of Responses

Joy Harjo's play Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light is the centerpiece of this collection that includes essays and interviews concerning the roots and the reaches of contemporary Native Theater. Harjo blends storytelling, music, movement, and poetic language in Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light—a healing ceremony that chronicles the challenges young protagonist Redbird faces on her path to healing and self-determination. This text is accompanied by interviews with Native theater artists Rolland Meinholtz and Randy Reinholz, as well as an interview with Harjo, conducted by Page. The interviews highlight the lives and contributions of Meinholtz, a theater artist and educator who served as the drama instructor at the Institute of American Indian Arts from 1964–70 and a close mentor and friend to Harjo; and Reinholz, producing artistic director of Native Voices at the Autry, the nation's only Equity theater company dedicated exclusively to the development and production of new plays by Native American, First Nations, and Alaska Native playwrights. The new interview with Harjo focuses on her experiences working in theater.

Essays on Harjo's work are provided by Mary Kathryn Nagle—an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee nation, playwright, and attorney who shares her insights on the legal and historical frameworks through which we can better understand the significance of Harjo's play; and Priscilla Page—writer, performer, and educator (of Wiyot heritage), who looks at indigenous feminism, jazz, and performance as influences on Harjo's theatrical work.

About the Authors

JOY HARJO became the first Native American to be named Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019. She is a member of the Mvskoke Nation. Her seven books of poetry, which include such well-known titles as Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, In Mad Love and War, and She Had Some Horses. These titles and her memoir Crazy Brave have garnered many awards. PRISCILLA PAGE is a writer and dramaturg as well as a senior lecturer in the department of theater at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Reviews

"This play clearly illuminates the collective grief, disconnection and suffering many indigenous people experience because of the brutalities of colonization. But more importantly, Joy's voice gives us strength, by reconnecting us to our ancestors, to our guardian spirits, and to each other.—Victoria Nalani Kneuhbuhl, Pacific Island Author and Playwright
Through the lens of Joy Harjo's mandate 'to follow the mystery' and the 'liminal backroads' of art practice, we arrive at the terror and wonder of the theatrical moment as a site of healing for all of us.—Cherríe Moraga, Playwright, The Mathematics of Love
Joy Harjo is a masterful and remarkable Native artist. She is known as a writer across genres including poetry, essays, and picture books. She is a musician with a lyrical voice holding a saxophone between her tattooed fingers. And she is a national treasure—Loriene Roy, Professor, School of Information, University of Texas at Austin
Harjo's play follows an ancient path, that of tribal creation, healing pain, loss, love, and ultimately helps us remember we will survive. Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light: A Play by Joy Harjo and a Circle of Responses is destined to become a classic."—LeAnne Howe, Edison Distinguished Professor in American Literature, University of Georgia

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Other Titles by Joy Harjo

Soul Talk, Song Language

Joy Harjo, Tanaya Winder, OtherLaura Coltelli
Sep 2013 - Wesleyan University Press
$24.95 USD - Hardback
$16.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Soul Talk, Song Language

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

In Mad Love and War

Joy Harjo
May 1990 - Wesleyan University Press
$15.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles in PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Playwriting

Understanding John Guare

William Demastes
Feb 2017 - University of South Carolina Press
$39.99 USD - Hardback

Focus on Playwrights

Susan Johann, introduction by Alexandra C. Anderson
Jun 2016 - University of South Carolina Press
$39.99 USD - Hardback