For a Girl Becoming; an Interview with Poet Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo

Member of the Mvskoke (Creek) Nation, Joy Harjo is an internationally known poet, writer, and musician. Known for her passionate, musical “spoken word” performances of her work, which often include her playing the saxophone, Joy has written seven books of poetry and released three award-winning CDs. One of her best known and most beloved books She Had Some Horses (1983) is being re-released by W.W. Norton this year.


But it’s her latest book, For a Girl Becoming, scheduled for release on October 15th, that really caught the attention of The LA Books Examiner.
Beautifully illustrated in watercolor and pastel (on wood panel) by artist Mercedes McDonald, For A Girl Becoming’s rich, colorful images are a great match for Joy’s captivating poetry in this timeless tale that highlights a girl’s journey from birth and youth all the way to womanhood. Loving and positive, the story celebrates the milestones of life with the themes that appear again and again in the best of Harjo’s work: family, community, nature, and strength.
Unlike Joy Harjo’s award-winning children’s book The Good Luck Cat (2000), which is really for younger children, For a Girl Becoming is for readers of all ages, especially teens, one of these special books children and young adults will turn to again and again throughout their lives – and a great gift to share with friends and family this holiday season.
For a Girl Becoming by Joy Harjo at La Books Examiner Frank MundoFor a Girl Becoming is scheduled for release next week, but you can order copies now at Barnes & Noble. To learn more about Joy Harjo, visit
I had the great opportunity to talk to Joy Harjo about her work and her life. Please take a few more minutes to check out the interview below.

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