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"Write what must not be forgotten."

--Isabel Allende

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden appointed Joy Harjo as the 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress on June 19, 2019. Harjo was reappointed to a second term on April 30, 2020, and a third term on Nov. 19, 2020.

North Carolina's 9th Poet Laureate

"My role as Poet Laureate is to be present in many different types of communities and to foster an appreciation for voices that are marginalized. North Carolina has rich diversity of community and there are amazing stories that I want to help people excavate and tell and write and celebrate."

National Hispanic Heritage Month - September 15 - October 15

We Are All Human is a foundation dedicated to advancing the agenda of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Our vision is for every human to value every human. Our mission is to advocate for every human to be respected and empowered by focusing on our common humanity. By focusing on the universal values that make us all human, we can reach common ground, eliminate discrimination and achieve a more equitable society.

Words at Play

'Opossum,' O Lovely 'Possum' in honor of my 'Possum Lightnin' :-) -- and T.S. Eliot,

called "Old Possum" by his friends!

Did you know that T.S. Eliot wrote most of the lyrics used in the musical CATS? Somewhat of a stray from his more serious and modern poetry, but brilliant all the same! Check out both!

and video below, narrated by John Gielgud and Irene Worth - 1983