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 […]

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 […]

Beautiful Changes

Today is Labor Day, which typically signals the end of summer as students head back to school and the weather slowly begins to change.  Since I headed back to school and began my junior year at Hope College I have been thinking about change. I do not often think of change as beautiful because I […]

Recap of Poetry Tips

Here’s a recap of the poetry tips shared on our blog and social media posts so far. Use these tips to explore poetry and this year’s book collection, An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo. Read Outside: Sometimes all it takes to better understand something or to want to read something is a change of space. […]

Songs are Poems too!

Have you ever thought about the similarities between songs and poetry? Music often feels more accessible because it is part of our daily lives, but poetry can be just as accessible with practice!  There are countless genres of music, which means each individual has different variations of genres and artists. Similarly, people have favorite poets […]

Nervous about Poetry?

Our Big Read 2021 book announcement day was last week and there’s already lots of excitement around our chosen book, An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo. We have lots of poetry fans along the Lakeshore, many of whom have been waiting a long time for our Big Read program to choose a book of poetry. We’ve […]

Happy Memorial Day: Remembrance through Poetry

Memorial Day usually means the kick-off to summer with picnics and time with family and friends.  I sometimes become so excited by that summer has arrived that I forget about the origins of Memorial Day and its purpose of helping us remember history and those in our country who lost their lives in service to […]