2021 – Writing
Joy Harjo, Muscogee (Creek), was the first Native named U.S. poet laureate in 2019; she has since been named to three consecutive terms. A critically-acclaimed poet, Harjo’s honors include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, the Josephine Miles Poetry Award, the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the American Indian Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award. She has received fellowships from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rasmuson Foundation, and the Witter Bynner Foundation. She has won an American Book Award, the PEN Center USA prize for creative nonfiction, the Ruth Lilly Prize in Poetry, and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award. She is a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.