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Creative Writing Festival

Department of Literature and Language

Keynote Speaker

Joy Harjo and Sax

Joy Harjo

The Mockingbird, East Tennessee State University's student-created art and literature magazine, presents our sixth annual Robert "Jack" Higgs reading as part of the ETSU Creative Writing Festival. Professor Higgs, among many notable achievements at ETSU, served as the first faculty sponsor of The Mockingbird.

This year, we are pleased to present Joy Harjo, Her reading will be the final event of this spring's Creative Writing Festival.

Harjo has so many accomplishments and has earned so many honors that it is difficult to represent them in this brief space. A member of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation, Harjo's work reflects her engagement with heritage, feminist issues, justice, and creativity, drawing from old myths and new adventures. A poet, a lecturer, a musician, and an activist, she now holds the Chair of Excellence in Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. We are honored to welcome her to East Tennessee State University.

Click here to hear Joy Harjo read her poem, "Remember."

Visit the author's website here.

 

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