Sponsored by the Coles County Arts Council and Academy of Lifelong Learning
Be an Animal: A Workshop with Megan Kaminski, April 20 via Zoom
Recommended ages: Grades 3-5
Sponsored by the Tarble Arts Center
Be an Animal is a workshop that looked to our animal kin for inspiration. Participants explored other ways of seeing, being and inhabiting this world as a point for opening our own creative potential. They learned lots from our more-than-human friends, discovered new things about themselves, and wrote some poems. Megan Kaminski is a poet and essayist, and the author of three books of poetry, "Deep City," "Desiring Map," and a new book, "Gentlewomen" (Noemi Press 2020), which explores care, trauma, and resilience as well as our estrangement from the natural world and from ourselves through the conceit of a trio of allegorical sisters.
Native Arts & Indigenous Flourishing: Reading and Presentation, April 19, via Zoom
The EIU English Department presented a reading and presentation by Kimberly Blaeser, past Wisconsin Poet Laureate and the author of five poetry collections including Copper Yearning, Apprenticed to Justice, and the 2020 bi-lingual Résister en dansant/Ikwe-niimi: Dancing Resistance. Blaeser discussed her picto-poems and the role of art in Native communities.
Virtual book discussion, April 14, noon, on Zoom
Presented by Lake Land College LibraryThe Lake Land College Library hosted a discussion of the NEA Big Read selection "An American Sunrise," by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. English instructors Salisa Olmsted and Matt Landrus led discussion of Harjo's powerful collection of poetry that confronts the past - her Muscogee (Creek) Nation ancestors were uprooted in 1830 as a result of the Indian Removal Act.
Poetry and Movement series, Feb. 13, 20, 27, 3-4 p.m. on Zoom
Virtual book discussion, Feb. 25, 4 p.m., via ZoomSponsored by the Charleston Carnegie Public Library
Big Read Story Time, Feb. 18, 10:30-11 a.m., virtual event
Miss Brenda presents a special story time for preschoolers featuring stories from Native American authors, including the 2021 Caldecott Medal winner, "We are Water Protectors."
An Evening with Joan Kane, Feb. 4, 5-7 p.m., virtual event
NEA Big Read: A Conversation with Joy Harjo, Jan. 30, 2021, 1-2 p.m. CST, 2-3 p.m. EST
Virtual presentation via Microsoft Teams
Part of the Lions in Winter festival sponsored by the EIU Department of English
Co-sponsored by Broward County Library, Broward Public Library Foundation, Inc., and Florida Center for the Book
Joy Harjo, a member of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation and current U.S. poet laureate, in a virtual conversation, as she reads works from her latest book An American Sunrise: Poems and has a moderated Q+A discussion. In 2019, Harjo was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold the position. She recently was reappointed to the poistion for a third term. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Harjo is an internationally known award-winning poet, writer, performer, and saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation.
Virtual book discussion, Jan. 22, 2021, 6 p.m., via Zoom
The Mattoon Public Library hosted a discussion of the NEA Big Read selection "An American Sunrise," by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. The discussion was led by Stacy Fetters of Mattoon Public Library.
Lions in Winter Presents: An Evening with Brandon Hobson
Virtual book discussion, Dec. 1, 2020, 4-5:30 p.m., via Zoom
The Academy of Lifelong Learning's Literary Divas book club discussed "An American Sunrise," by Joy Harjo, on Dec. 1. The academy is an outreach program that caters to adults who like to learn. The discussion leader was Marita Metzke.
Storytelling program, Nov. 9, 2020, live-streamed from the Doudna Fine Arts Center
A Peek Into the American Indian Way of Life Through Their History and Oral Traditions
Presented by Kim McIver Sigafus, Illinois Humanities Road Scholar
This presentation invited people into the world of the American Indian to discover what it once was to be Native, and what it means to be Native now. An Ojibwa, Kim was dressed in her traditional Native regalia, and presented on Native culture through oral traditions, language, and history. She discussed Native encampment life and drummed and sang an Ojibwa lullaby.