Celebrating Joy Harjo
October 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Participatory Reading | Monty Campbell, Jr. Featured Poet
Free and Open to the Public
Join us in celebrating Joy Harjo’s historic appointment as United States Poet Laureate, and plan to share your favorite Harjo poem at our “Open Mic for JH.” Our emcee for the evening, Monty Campbell, Jr., will kick off the evening, reading from his chapbook A Large Dent in Moon (Foothills Publishing, 2011), described by Susan Deer Cloud as “an urban Cayuga Indian’s poetry tour de force of 21st century life in America.” A selection of books by Joy Harjo will be available for purchase; refreshments provided.
Monty Campbell, Jr. is an enrolled citizen of the Cayuga Tribe of New York. He lives in Escalante , Utah where he writes recipes and poems and works as a chef. Monty has worked as a chef, a steeple jack , a tribal security guard, and restaurant manager for many years in NY, Vermont, Montana and Utah. He was raised in Gowanda, NY, the Cattaraugus reservation, and in Rochester, NY’s inner city. Monty’s poetry appears in such literary journals as Spaces Lit Mag; Amerinda’s Talking Stick; From the Finger Lakes; Yellow Medicine Review; and in both volumes of Native anthology I Was Indian (Before Being Indian Was Cool), edited by Susan Deer Cloud. His book, A Large Dent in the Moon, is a part of Foothills Publishing’s Re-Matriation Chapbook Series of Indigenous Poetry. Monty has had the honor of being invited to read his poetry at AWP and book festivals and universities across the country.