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Posted on July 14th, 2020

Virtual book discussion: An American Sunrise
Apr 14 @ 12:00 pm

This is one of a series of programs being sponsored in conjunction with EIU Booth Library’s NEA Big Read program. For more details visit

Wednesday, April 14, noon, on Zoom,
Presented by Lake Land College Library

The Lake Land College Library will host a discussion of the NEA Big Read selection “An American Sunrise,” by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. Join English instructors Salisa Olmsted and Matt Landrus as they discuss 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.

Copies of “An American Sunrise” are available at the LLC Library Circulation Desk. This program is free and open to the public. Contact Sarah Hill, director of Library Services, at 217-234-5440 or for more information.

Native Arts and Indigenous Flourishing: Reading and Presentation
Apr 19 @ 6:00 pm

This is one of a series of programs being sponsored in conjunction with EIU Booth Library’s NEA Big Read program. For more details visit

Presented by author Kim Blaeser
Monday, April 19, 6 p.m., virtual event
Hosted by the EIU Department of English

Kimberly Blaeser, past Wisconsin Poet Laureate, is the author of five poetry collections including Copper Yearning, Apprenticed to Justice, and the 2020 bi-lingual Résister en dansant/Ikwe-niimi: Dancing Resistance. An Anishinaabe activist and environmentalist from White Earth Reservation, she also edited Traces in BloodBone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry. Blaeser is a professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MFA faculty member for the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Her photographs, picto-poems and ekphrastic pieces have been included in exhibits such as “Ancient Light” and “Visualizing Sovereignty.” She lives in rural Wisconsin; and, for portions of each year, in a water-access cabin near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota. Blaeser is founding director of the literary organization In-Na-Po—Indigenous Nations Poets. In this program, Blaeser will discuss her picto-poems and the role of art in Native communities.

Be an Animal: A Workshop with Megan Kaminski
Apr 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

This is one of a series of programs being sponsored in conjunction with EIU Booth Library’s NEA Big Read program. For more details visit

Tuesday, April 20, 10-11 a.m., virtual event on Zoom
Recommended ages: Grades 3-5
Sponsored by the Tarble Arts Center

Be an Animal is a workshop that will look to our animal kin for inspiration. We’ll explore other ways of seeing, being and inhabiting this world as a point for opening our own creative potential. We’ll learn lots from our more-than-human friends, discover new things about ourselves, and write some poems. To participate in this workshop, register for free on Eventbrite.

A Zoom link will be emailed to registered attendees two hours before the event start time. For more information contact the Tarble Arts Center at 217-581-2787 or email

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. Her current public-facing work, in the form of the prairie divination deck and Ad Astra Project, focuses on helping people connect to their own ecosystems as a source of knowledge and inspiration for strategies to live in their world, to grieve and heal after loss, and to realign their thinking toward kindship, community and sustainability.

An associate professor in English and co-director of the Global Grasslands CoLABorative at the University of Kansas, Kaminski specializes in poetry and poetics, queer ecology, somatics, and the environmental humanities. Her work is informed by interdisciplinary research in social welfare, evolutionary biology and philosophy, as well as previous work in the healing arts and at non-profit environmental organizations.

Discussion/workshop: The Knowing was Always Right
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

This is one of a series of programs being sponsored in conjunction with EIU Booth Library’s NEA Big Read program. For more details visit

Thursday, April 22, 2021, 6-7:30 p.m., virtual event
Hosted by Charlotte England, PhD, and Daiva Markelis, PhD
Sponsored by the Coles County Arts Council and Academy of Lifelong Learning
“In the end, we must each tend to our own gulfs of sadness,” Joy Harjo writes in her inspiring, poetic, and deeply emotional memoir, “Crazy Brave.”
Others can assist us, but we must find the path to self-knowledge ourselves, with art, poetry, memoir, music and nature as our guides. This discussion/workshop will look at the way Harjo weaves dreams, poems and visions from her American Indian past into a narrative that reveals both the incredible sadness and the powerful beauty of her life. After discussing what makes Harjo’s poetry, as well as her memoir, so remarkable, participants will free write on a childhood memory and then will experiment with adding poetry, dreams, song lyrics, etc., in order to enrich their memoir.
This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required by April 20. For information, visit

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