True Blue Inaugural Gala
The True Blue Inaugural Gala is held in honor of Boise State’s seventh president, Dr. Marlene Tromp. Proceeds from the True Blue Inaugural Gala will benefit the President’s True Blue Endowed Scholarship, helping support Idaho residents for four years based primarily on financial need and merit. The evening gala will feature readings by 2019 United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. The author of nine books, Harjo is also a renowned musician and the recipient of numerous literary awards.
United States Poet Laureate (2019-2020)
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.
A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally, solo and with her band, the Arrow Dynamics. She has five award-winning CDs of music including the award-winning album Red Dreams, A Trail Beyond Tears and Winding Through the Milky Way, which won a Native American Music Award for Best Female Artist of the Year in 2009. Harjo’s latest is a book of poetry from Norton, An American Sunrise. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
True Blue Endowed Scholarship
By supporting the President’s True Blue Endowed Scholarship, you are giving Idaho residents the opportunity to attend college. You’re not only assisting them as they earn a degree, but you’re helping an Idaho student achieve their dreams.Learn more about True Blue