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Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo, poet, musician, performer, playwright. Member National Council on the Arts.


  • Harjo, Joy Daughter of Allen William and Wynema Jewell (Baker) Foster.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University New Mexico, 1976. Master of Fine Arts, University Iowa, 1978. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Benedictine College, 1992.

      Phd (honorary), St. Mary-in-The Woods, 1998.


    • Assistant professor University Colorado, Boulder, 1986-1989. Associate professor University Arizona, Tucson, 1989-1991. Professor University New Mexico, Albuquerque, 1991-1997.

      President Mekko Productions, Inc., Honolulu, since 1992. Professor University of California at Los Angeles, 2000—2005. Russo endowed chair University New Mexico, New Mexico, 2005—2009.

      Member advisory board Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association American Center, New York City, 1994-1996, National Council on the Arts. Founding board member Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.



    Member National Council on the Arts.


    • Children: Phil Dayn, Rainy Dawn.
    • father: Allen William Foster
    • mother: Wynema Jewell (Baker) Foster
    • children: Phil Dayn Harjo
    • Rainy Dawn Harjo
    Joy Harjo
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    • 1976
      University New Mexico
    • 1978
      University Iowa
    • 1992
      Benedictine College
    • 1998
      St. Mary-in-The Woods
    • 2005
      professor, University of California at Los Angeles
    • 1986 - 1989
      Assistant, professor University Colorado
      Boulder, Colorado, United States
    • 1989 - 1991
      associate, professor University Arizona
      Tucson, Arizona, United States
    • 1991 - 1997
      professor, University New Mexico
      Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
    • 1992
      president, Mekko Productions
      Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
    • 2005 - 2009
      Russo endowed chair University New Mexico
      New Mexico, United States
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