Kick-Off Event with Joy Harjo

There is only one week until the kick-off of our 2021 Big Read programming! We are so excited to learn alongside you and engage creatively with this year’s selection An American Sunrise and Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story.  Joy Harjo is a poet, musician, author, and activist from the Muscogee Nation. She is […]

Little Read Story Walks

One of our favorite aspects of our Big Read and Little Read programs are the community partnerships we’ve been able to establish with area schools, libraries, arts centers and museums, and non-profit organizations. Little Read Story Walk This year, we’ve been especially grateful for conversations, feedback, and insights from people at Gun Lake Tribe. One […]

What Exactly is the Poet Laureate?

On October 1, the Big Read events for the November 2021 programming went live. Check out the events on our website!  Our kick-off speaker this November is Joy Harjo, the current poet laureate and author of several memoirs and poetry collections. Harjo will join the lakeshore community on October 25 in Dimnent Chapel with a […]

Q&A with Poet in Residence Jack Ridl

Our Big Read team is excited to announce that Jack Ridl will be our Poet in Residence this November for our 2021 Big Read program. Jack Ridl began teaching English at Hope College in 1971 until he retired in 2006. He is the author of several national award-winning collections, as well as poetry textbooks and […]

Native American Art: Kruizenga Museum Collection

Throughout September, our social media account is announcing some exciting events for our November programming. Check out @bigreadlakeshore on Instagram and Facebook for updates! One event has already begun! The Kruizenga Art Museum at Hope College presents Native American Art: Recent Acquisitions from the Kruizenga Museum Collection. The Kruizenga Art Museum features paintings, prints, photographs, […]

Joy Harjo: Poet Warrior

Last week our 2021 author, Joy Harjo, released Poet Warrior: A Memoir. This book serves as a follow-up to her previous memoir Crazy Brave.  NPR reviewed this book saying, “This is a book about pain and growth; a narrative that shines a light on compassion and stresses the importance of rituals. Harjo talks about the […]