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An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, the NEA Big Read encourages and supports community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read selection. 81 more words



“I release you, my beautiful and terrible

fear, I release you . . . .”

(from “I Give You Back” by Joy Harjo)


On Columbus Day

With no wish to detract from the joy that Italians take from their countryman’s spirit of adventure or the pride that Americans feel for positive developments that followed the First Encounter, it’s hard to deny that it wasn’t the best thing for the people already living here. 200 more words

Long Lists, Scholarships, Rock Star Librarians, and Meat: What my last three weeks looked like

Like everyone else, I’m glued to CNN and hoping for people’s safety this morning.

I’ve been on the move and squeezed with family health things, too, so I’ve had very little time left to write many blog posts. 584 more words

The Writing Life

Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo

“Everyone laughed at the impossibility of it,

but also the truth.  Because who would believe

the fantastic and terrible story of all of our survival… 18 more words


Poetry Award Winner, Joy Harjo, discusses the returning of the American Indian people

The Indians are slowly but surely returning to their homelands that they were cast away from in the southeast through their literature, history, and culture. During the American Indian Returning’s Talk held in MLC room 214 on the Autumnal Equinox—a special day in the Native American culture—poet, musician, playwright, and memoirist… 334 more words


“There is this edge where shadows

and bones of some of us walk


(From Call It Fear by Joy Harjo)