Poet Joy Harjo, known for wedding social consciousness to her Muskogee Creek heritage and the Southwest America landscape, has won a $100,000 prize for lifetime achievement.
Harjo, 64, received the Wallace Stevens Award for "proven mastery," the Academy of American Poets announced Thursday. The academy praised Harjo for her "visionary justice-seeking art" and for transforming "bitterness to beauty" and "trauma to healing."
Her books include "How We Became Human" and "The Woman Who Fell from the Sky."
Previous winners of the Stevens prize include W.S. Merwin and Adrienne Rich.
Also Thursday, the academy...