Twelfth Night Revel

To benefit the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.


Photo Credit: Photo by Paul Abdoo


Join us for a virtual celebration of poetry on Friday, March 19th, 2021 from 7pm to 8:30pm ET.

On Friday, March 19th, 2021 we are pleased to welcome US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo to Emory University’s 21st annual 12th Night Revel. Joy Harjo’s nine books of poetry include An American Sunrise, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. Harjo’s memoir Crazy Brave won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. She is the recipient of the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation for Lifetime Achievement, the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets for proven mastery in the art of poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the United States Artist Fellowship. In 2014 she was inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Harjo’s latest is a book of poetry from Norton, An American Sunrise. In 2019, Joy Harjo was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold the position.

Emory University was founded in 1836 on the historic lands of the Muscogee (Creek) people, fifteen years after the First Treaty of Indian Springs (1821) through which the US government acquired this area of land from the Muscogee Nation. After this treaty, many Muscogee people relocated to Alabama, and were then forcibly removed to present-day Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears in 1836. US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo is a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation in Oklahoma. Her poetry directly engages these histories of removal, displacement, dispossession, loss, resilience, and resistance. 

We are also excited to announce that Drs. Carlos Del Rio (86 MR 88FM) and Jeannette Guarner (87 MR 89MF) will serve as Chief Revelers for this year’s event, which benefits the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, & Rare Book Library (Rose Library).

While we will miss being together, we are thrilled that friends both near and far will be able to join us for this virtual celebration. Special guests include Emory President Gregory L. Fenves and the Indigo Girls. Plus, we are excited to have many surprise guest readers!

Sponsorships are available to support 12th Night as a patron. Patrons will be named in a distinctive keepsake program and invited throughout the year to Rose Library VIP events (upon our return to in-person events), which previously have included behind-the-scenes glimpses of Rose Library's renowned collections and encounters with such luminaries as Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, and Paul Simon.  Patron sponsorships are available at the following levels:

Sonnet Patron (includes 8 tickets) at $5,000 (FMV $90)

Quatrain Patron (includes 4 tickets) at $2,500 (FMV $90)

Couplet Patron (includes 2 tickets) at $1,250 (FMV $90)

Individual tickets can be purchased at $75 per household (FMV $15).

Please also consider extending this unique experience to an Emory student. To sponsor a student through a ticket purchase, contact Jason Lowery:  404-727-2245 

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Jason Lowery