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Poet Joy Harjo to Deliver 2014 Alfred Edelman Lecture at PNCA

February 25, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 25 -- Pacific Northwest College of Art issued the following news release:

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in collaboration with Museum of Contemporary Craft (MoCC) is honored to welcome celebrated author, activist, and musician Joy Harjo, who will deliver the 2014 Alfred Edelman Lecture on Wednesday, March 12, 6:30 pm. Harjo will speak about her life and work in Swigert Commons in PNCA's Main Campus building at 1241 NW Johnson Street.

Harjo has published a memoir, Crazy Brave, and seven books of poetry, including such well-known titles as How We Became Human-New and Selected Poems, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, and She Had Some Horses. She has received the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America.

Harjo's lecture is part of The Illuminations Spring Reading Series organized by Monica Drake, head of PNCA's Writing program. This event is a featured program in conjunction with This Is Not A Silent Movie: Four Contemporary Alaska Native Artists at Museum of Contemporary Craft, an exhibition organized by The Craft & Folk Art Museum in collaboration with Anchorage Museum. Other readings in this series include Elizabeth Woody and Trevino Brings Plenty on April 10 and Stephen Graham Jones on April 17. Both of these events will be held at Museum of Contemporary Craft.

The annual Edelman lecture is one of PNCA's four Cornerstone Lectures, which also include the College's Convocation Address at the start of the academic year, the Homecoming Lecture during Alumni weekend, and the Commencement Address given at graduation in May. For the Edelman lecture, PNCA annually welcomes a speaker from outside the world of visual arts to leaven conversation and inspire new thinking.

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