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Cole Congratulates Joy Harjo on Historic Appointment

June 19, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, released the following statement after the Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden appointed Joy Harjo as the Library’s 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Harjo is both the first Native American and first Oklahoman to be named Poet Laureate. She was born and currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“I am very pleased to congratulate Oklahoma’s own Joy Harjo on her historic appointment,” said Cole. “Joy Harjo’s unique tribal heritage and distinguished career as a poet, performer and professor will indeed make her an excellent contributor as Poet Laureate at the Library of Congress. In the days ahead, I know she will be a phenomenal teacher of the arts and tremendous ambassador for the compelling stories and traditions of Native Americans nationwide.”

At the Library of Congress, the Poet Laureate is tasked with instilling a greater appreciation for the reading and writing of poetry in America. Harjo will begin her laureateship this fall.

Learn more about Harjo and the appointment here.