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Merwin Conservancy presents event with U.S. poet laureate

Joy Harjo is first Native American to hold the position

Current U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo in the Green Room at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater.

The Merwin Conservancy will present current U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo in the Green Room at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater. Doors open at 6:30.

Harjo was appointed the 23rd United States poet laureate and is the first Native American to hold the position. Born in Tulsa, Okla., Harjo is an internationally known award-winning poet, writer, performer and saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation.

Grammy award-winning saxophonist Paul Winter says, “Joy Harjo is a poet of music just as she is a poet of words.”

Harjo will give readings of her original poetry and engage in discussion with attendees. After the talk in the theater, Harjo will sign her books of poetry and memoir, which will be available for sale along with W.S. Merwin’s books, at a “pop-up” bookstore in the courtyard, with proceeds supporting the Merwin Conservancy. Dessert will be provided, and drinks will be available for purchase.

Tickets cost $25 with a special student price of $10 with ID (plus applicable fees). All attendees are invited to stay for the post-event hosted reception included in the ticket price. Tickets can be purchased at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center box office or by phone at 242-7469.

This special evening is presented by Aqua-Aston Hospitality with additional support from Atherton Family Foundation, Casa de Flores and Green Room patrons. Proceeds from each ticket benefit The Merwin Conservancy.