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Joy Harjo, renowned Native American poet, songwriter, musician, singer, playwright, and author, will perform her new one-woman show “Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light” at Merrimack College. She will also be the keynote speaker at a luncheon in her honor.

The events are being hosted by Women’s and Gender Studies at Merrimack College in celebration of Women’s History Month.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 23, 2010

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free Luncheon for the College Community with keynote speaker Joy Harjo. Cascia Hall, Merrimack College. There will be limited seating for general public available. Please contact

7:00 p.m. Joy Harjo performs her one-woman play “Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light” with Grammy award-winning musician Larry Mitchell

Tickets: $10 (Free for Merrimack college students, faculty, and staff) Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College

About Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a member of the Mvskoke (Creek) Nation. She was recently named Best Native American Female Musician of the Year (2009 Nammy Award). Her seven books of poetry which include She Had Some Horses, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, and How We Became Human, New and Selected Poems, have garnered many awards including : the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Native Writers Circle of the Americas; and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. More information available below.

About “Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light”

Harjo tells us how trickster Rabbit creates a clay man, more out of whimsy than for any real purpose. But Rabbit?s prank backfires. The clay man’s insatiable hunger for game, for women, for all the riches of the Earth, soon throws the universe out of balance. The play’s next stop is a cutting-edge theatre in New York this May. For more, visit

For more information on the luncheon and/or to reserve tickets for the performance with Joy Harjo, contact the Women’s and Gender Studies Program  at (978) 837-3530 or x.5478 or email or

Additionally, for the entire month of March, the Merrimack’s McQuade Library (1st floor reference room) will celebrate Women’s History Month with a display of books, multimedia and artifacts highlighting the works of Joy Harjo. Harjo’s books will also be available in the Merrimack College bookstore, 2nd floor, Sakowich Campus Center. She will have signings after both the afternoon luncheon and the evening performance.