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U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo


The Driftless Writing Center invites the public to attend a reading by United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo on Thursday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m. at Centennial Hall on the University of Wisconsin La Crosse campus. A Q&A session and book signing will follow Harjo’s reading.

The reading is free and open to the public. Registration is required for all attendees. Seating in the main hall is first-come, first-served based on arrival at the check-in station. If more seating is needed to maintain space between groups, attendees arriving later may be seated in an overflow room. All attendees will be required to wear a mask during the event and while on campus.

Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is serving her second term as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States, the first Native American to hold that post.


When: Thursday, October 21st. 7:00PM

Where: 1400 Centennial Hall, UW-La Crosse

Cost: Free, donations appreciated


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