Poetry written and performed by Joy Harjo
Visual poem by Jessica Sanders
Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is serving her second term as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States. The author of nine books of poetry, including the highly acclaimed An American Sunrise, several plays and children’s books, and two memoirs, Crazy Brave and Poet Warrior, her many honors include the Ruth Lily Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award, two NEA fellowships, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. As a musician and performer, Harjo has produced seven award-winning music albums including her newest, I Pray for My Enemies. She is Executive Editor of the anthology When the Light of the World was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through — A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry and the editor of Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry, the companion anthology to her signature Poet Laureate project. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Board of Directors Chair of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and holds a Tulsa Artist Fellowship. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Jessica Sanders is an Academy Award – nominated, Sundance, SXSW and Cannes Award – winning director and producer of narrative and documentary films and commercials. Jessica recently directed the martial arts action comedy short film “The Cocktail Party” which premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. “Remember” is her first collaboration with the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference.
The Sun Valley Writers’ Conference
Now in its 28th year, the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference offers a world-class literary program in the mountains of Idaho each summer. In an unequaled outdoor setting, writers of diverse backgrounds and experiences gather with readers in an intimate atmosphere to engage in conversations that are informative, enlightening, sometimes challenging, and always inspiring.
Director: Jessica Sanders
Producers: Jessica Sanders and Patricia Seely
Cinematographers: Alice Gu and James Kwan
Editor: Stephen Berger
Music: Grey Gersten
Color: Alex Jimenez at Color Collective
Poster Art: Rice Studios
Executive Producers: Joy Harjo, James Tooley, Anne Taylor Flemming
Featuring: Tony Abeyta, Grace Oh, Owee Rae & Keir Tallman, Santiago Romero & Crickett Tiger, Taplin/Tokoto Family and the Sanders/Mock/Poliori Family