UPDATE: Joy Harjo’s visit will now be held virtually due to concerns about covid-19.
Click here to learn about the virtual event with Joy Harjo.

Photo Credit: Ivy Vainio


On October 18, 2021, United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo will visit the Northland virtually. Through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, the Bringing Joy Committee will create an e-book dedicated to art and poetry inspired by Harjo’s work. Local writers and artists are invited to submit work inspired by Harjo for publication in this anthology. Those whose work is chosen will receive a copy of the e-book. In addition, four editors’ prizes will be given away. Editors’ prize winners will receive Visa gift cards in the following amounts:

  • 1st place: $150
  • 2nd place: $75
  • 3rd place: $50
  • 4th place: $25

Eligibility is limited to writers and artists living in Carlton County, St. Louis County, and the Native nations which share that geography, and any students enrolled in CSS, UMD, LSC, FDLTCC, UWS, WITC, or area K-12 schools.
To submit, please send up to four poems pasted in the body of an email or four high-quality photos of artwork pasted in the body of an email to bringingjoy1018*AT*gmail.com no later than September 10, 2021. Any submissions sent after that date will not be considered.
In your email, please include the following:

  • Your name, address, and phone number
  • The title of a work by Harjo that inspired your piece(s)
  • A bio of 30 words or less in third person

Bringing Joy: A Local Literary Welcome is made possible by these organizations: Minnesota Center for the Book, US Library of Congress, Fond du Lac Reservation, Carlton County, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, American Indian Community Housing Organization, Oldenburg Arts and Cultural Community, Minnesota State Arts Board, Minnesota Humanities Center, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, and Northland Foundation.

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