Join us for an evening with United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo as she performs a reading from her latest collection of poetry, An American Sunrise. In this stunning volume, Joy Harjo returns to her family’s lands 200 years after the Mvskoke people were forcibly removed and opens a dialogue with history. Harjo finds blessings in the abundance of her homeland and confronts the site where her people, and other indigenous families, essentially disappeared. Her poems sing of beauty and survival, illuminating a spirituality that connects her to her ancestors and thrums with the quiet anger of living in the ruins of injustice.
This program is part of the NEA Big Read: Pensacola, an initiative that broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. For the month of November, we’re asking our community to read Joy Harjo’s An American Sunrise and come together through a series of programming that explores poetry, the art of storytelling, and Native American history and culture. A limited number of free copies of An American Sunrise will be available for pick up at the Pensacola Museum of Art & West Florida Public Library branches starting October 28th. For a full calendar of programming, please visit www.pensacolamuseum.org/bigread. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Hosted by the Pensacola Museum of Art and the West Florida Public Library, this program is being held in partnership with UWF’s College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities’ Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series; Office of Equity and Diversity; and funded, in part by the John C. Pace Symposium Series. Special thanks to support by the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club.Time
Nov 19, 2020 06:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)