Joy Harjo and Layli Long Soldier: Living Nations, Living Words

Poetry and heritage are alive and intertwined in Joy Harjo’s signature project as America’s first Native Poet Laureate. Living Nations, Living Words is an interactive map and accompanying anthology of Native Nations poets and poems from across the country, speaking to themes of displacement, visibility, persistence, resistance, and acknowledgment. Join Harjo and award-winning poet Layli Long Soldier for a conversation about the cadence, topography, and lineage of poetry.

  • This program is free to all with registration. Registered guests will receive the link to watch via email in advance of the premiere.
  • The conversation will be pre-recorded and premiere on YouTube on April 14th at 7pm central time.
  • Your support makes this programming possible and accessible – please donate now to help sustain these conversations and connections.
  • All CHF's virtual events have closed captions. To request another accessible accommodation, such as ASL interpretation or audio description, please reach out to us at [email protected]. We will do our best to accommodate late requests, but to ensure a service provider is available, please try to make your request at least 2 weeks out from the event date.
  • This conversation will be pre-recorded, but the presenters will still answer your questions! Please submit questions here.
  • To improve your experience on our website, we are currently building a new ticketing system. In the meantime, you'll notice different ways of registering for upcoming winter events. We know this can be confusing and we appreciate your patience as we build a better platform. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions–we have a small staff and promise to reply as soon as we can!

The program is presented in partnership with the Native American Support Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Poetry Foundation.

About the Book:

  • The Chicago Humanities Festival is pleased to partner with the Seminary Co-op Bookstores, a not-for-profit bookstore whose mission is bookselling.
  • When you purchase your copy of Living Nations, Living Words from Seminary Co-op you are directly supporting independent bookselling in Chicago and a vital space for book browsing, discovery, and community.

Order your copy of Living Nations, Living Words today!