Opening Night Plenary

Joy Harjo, LeAnne Howe, and Jennifer Foerster

Opening Night Flyer by Stephanie Rountree, Ph.D.

Sunday Evening: June 26, 2022 | Hyatt Avalon Ballroom and Whova

SSSL 2022’s Opening Night Plenary will feature U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, Eidson Distinguished Professor LeAnne Howe, and poet Jennifer Foerster. Together, Harjo, Howe, and Foerster are the editors of the recent When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry.

Due to the pandemic, this will be the first time that these three incredible poets and editors will appear together in person to read and talk about their work on this landmark anthology. We are thrilled that SSSL will have the opportunity to hear from them on Mvskoke homelands. Harjo, Howe, and Foerster have each produced important works of literature, including poetry collections, plays, novels, memoirs, and collected essays. We hope that you will join us in welcoming these three incredible Native women writers to SSSL for our 2022 biennial conference.

  • 6:30 – 7:30pm (Hyatt Avalon Ballroom & Whova): Roundtable discussion with Joy Harjo, LeAnne Howe, and Jennifer Foerster
  • 7:30 – 8:30pm (Hyatt Avalon Ballroom): Book Signing with Plenary Speakers
  • 7:30 – 8:30pm (Hyatt Atlantis Foyer): Opening Night Reception