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Keep reading to find events and activities with the NEA Big Read: Phoenix. You can also meet our partners or learn more about The Round House by Louise Erdrich. 

Ready to start reading? Borrow a copy of The Round House in print, digital, or audio formats through the Phoenix Public Library or enter our book giveaway at http://piper.asu.edu/nea-big-read/book-giveaway.

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E.g., Jan 2021

NEA Big Read Book Giveaway
Arizona Humanities

Date: Sunday, January 31, 2021 - 11:45pm
Location: n/a
Type: Giveaway

The NEA Big Read: Phoenix is a celebration of Indigenous literary arts and culture throughout the Valley, presenting over over 25 talks, workshops, performances, book clubs, art exhibits, and other virtual events inspired by The Round House by Louise Erdrich in February and March 2021. To help share the joy, we're giving away over 250 books for free.

To enter the book giveaway, all you need to do is complete a registration form for this event. 


Date: Monday, February 1, 2021 - 9:00am to Friday, March 26, 2021 - 6:00pm
Location: Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center, 300 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Type: Tour

Officially dedicated in October 2017, the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center (PISVC) seeks to preserve the rich and complicated history of the Phoenix Indian School as a symbol of Native American strength, spirit, and resilience


Heard Museum Tours
Heard Museum

Date: Monday, February 1, 2021 - 10:00am to Sunday, March 28, 2021 - 4:00pm
Location: Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Art Exhibit, Exhibition, Gallery Show, Tour, Visit

Founded in 1929, the Heard Museum seeks to be the world's preeminent museum for the preservation, interpretation, and advancement of American Indian art, providing a distinct, first-person perspective of Native people in the Southwest.


Book Club Meet-and-Greet
Phoenix Public Library

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Online (WebEx)
Type: Meet and Greet, Professional Development, Training

Interested in running a book club on The Round House by Louise Erdrich? Join Phoenix Public Library and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University for an informal book club training and meet-and-greet on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Phoenix MST on WebEx! 

At this meeting, attendees will work together to:


Labriola Show and Share
ASU Library Labriola Center

Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Community Event, Conversation, Meet and Greet

I still have many of his shirts, and his tires as well. He purchased everything he wore at Silverman's in Grand Forks. They carried the very best men's clothing, and he didn't buy much, but he was particular. I wore my father's ties to get me through law school at the University of Minnesota, and the bar exam after. For the time I was a public prosecutor, I wore his ties for the last week of every jury trial. I used to carry around his fountain pen, too, but I became afraid of losing it. I still have it, but I don't sign my tribal court opinions with it the way he did.


Labriola Scanning Day
ASU Library Labriola Center

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Hayden Library, Level 2, Arizona State University Tempe, 300 Orange Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Community Event, Professional Development, Workshop

Every family has its own unique history, passed down from one generation to the next. How do we care for and preserve our personal, family, and community histories, especially when our stories have been silenced and unrepresented in history and archives? How do we keep our letters, photographs, and other artifacts safe and accessible for future generations?


Labriola Zine Workshop
Amber McCrary, ASU Library Labriola Center

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Craft Class, Generative Workshop, Workshop

How are zines an example of archiving? In the final installment of our three-part workshop series, join poet Amber McCrary for a creative writing and zine workshop on honoring family.

Using digital photographs from the Labriola scanning workshop or your own files at home, we'll create four 'portraitures' based on family members to incorporate in our zines, writing about why they are special to us or our community. 


NEA Big Read Kick Off: Evening Song
Luci Tapahonso, Laura Tohe, Amanda R. Tachine, Jake Skeets, Arizona Humanities

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Celebration, Community Event, Talk

Join us for the official kick off of the NEA Big Read: Phoenix with Evening Song: A Conversation with Navajo Nation Poets Laureate Luci Tapahonso and Dr. Laura Tohe around Diné womanhood and the power of storytelling on Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Phoenix MST on Zoom. 

Curated by poet Jake Skeets and moderated by Dr. Amanda Tachine, the conversation will explore how storytelling and Indigenous narratives can guide the way toward reconciliation, healing, and Native Nation-building.


Date: Sunday, February 28, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Presentation, Talk

Context is everything. Whether you're already a few chapters in or you haven't even cracked open the book, join ASU Librarian and Louise Erdrich scholar Joe Buenker for a comprehensive introduction to The Round House on Sunday, Februray 28, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Phoenix MST on Zoom!


Get Lit: Decolonization
Amanda R. Tachine

Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Salon

Spirited Conversation. Literary Culture. Normally every 1st Thursday at Valley Bar. Online During COVID-19. 

This Month: Decolonization with Dr. Amanda R. Tachine


Map(ing) Gallery Hours
ASU School of Art, Mary Hood

Date: Friday, March 5, 2021 - 12:00pm to Friday, March 19, 2021 - 5:00pm
Location: Step Gallery, 605 E Grant St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Art Exhibit, Exhibition, Gallery Show

Curated by Mary Hood, Associate Professor at the ASU School of Art, Map(ing) brought together 25 Native and Indigenous artists with graduate students to produce a series of special, limited-edition prints around Native aesthetics, culture, and identity.


Map(ing) Opening Reception
ASU School of Art, Mary Hood

Date: Friday, March 5, 2021 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Step Gallery, 605 E Grant St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Art Exhibit, Exhibition, Gallery Show, Reception

There are so many ways to tell a story. By bringing together printmakers and visual artists of different disciplines, we share and celebrate culture and identity. In this special gallery show curated by Associate Professor Mary Hood, the Herberger School of Art at ASU presents a retrospective of Map(ing), a series of printmaking collaborations between Native and Indigenous artist and graduate printmaking students, celebrating the personal and cultural histories of artists.


Date: Friday, March 5, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Panel, Performance

AGUILA Youth Leadership Workshop
AGUILA Youth Leadership, Sareya Taylor

Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Location:
Type: Discussion, Presentation, Workshop

Please note: this event is not open to the public. Individuals must be enrolled in the AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute to attend. To learn more about enrolling in the AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute, visit their website at http://www.aguilayouth.org/application


Mujerx Book Club
Palabras Bilingual Bookstore

Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Book Club

Remembering the Phoenix Indian School
Rosalie Talahongva, Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center

Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Conversation, Presentation, Q&A, Talk

Dispatches from the Field
ASU Library Community Driven Archives, ASU Library Labriola Center

Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Conversation, Panel, Q&A, Talk

Book Club
Phoenix Public Library

Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Book Club

Book Club
Phoenix Public Library

Date: Saturday, March 13, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location:
Type: Book Club

Ekphrastic Workshop
Manny Loley, Heard Museum

Date: Saturday, March 13, 2021 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Craft Class, Generative Workshop, Workshop

Book Club
Phoenix Public Library

Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Location:
Type: Book Club

Where We Stand: Indigenous Land Acknowledgments
David Martinez, Felicia Mitchell, Alex Soto

Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Location:
Type: Conversation, Panel, Q&A, Talk

Only the Beginning: Arizona and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Study Committee
April ignacio, Jennifer Jermaine, Debbie Nez Manuel, Traci Morris

Date: Friday, March 19, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Conversation, Panel, Q&A, Talk

Map(ing) Closing Reception
ASU School of Art, Mary Hood

Date: Friday, March 19, 2021 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Step Gallery, 605 E Grant St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Art Exhibit, Exhibition, Gallery Show

There are so many ways to tell a story. By bringing together printmakers and visual artists of different disciplines, we share and celebrate culture and identity. In this special gallery show curated by Associate Professor Mary Hood, the Herberger School of Art at Arizona State University presents a retrospective of Map(ing), a series of printmaking collaborations between Native and Indigenous artist and graduate printmaking students, celebrating the personal and cultural histories of artists.


Labriola Community Presentation
ASU Library Labriola Center, Amber McCrary, Alex Soto

Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Conversation, Panel, Q&A, Reading, Talk

Book Club
Phoenix Public Library

Date: Sunday, March 21, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location:
Type: Book Club

Date: Monday, March 22, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop
Louise Erdrich has said that "revenge is the only form of justice in some locations and in some terrible situations." At the same time, it’s also “a sorrow for the person who has to take it on" In this workshop, we'll be looking at passages from Louise Erdrich's The Round House to inspire our own writing practice as we come up with our own revenge plots and write a few short scenes.

Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Location:
Type: Community Event, Conversation, Discussion, Q&A, Talk

Book Club
Phoenix Public Library

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Book Club

Ribbon Skirt Workshop
Phoenix Indian Center, Patti Hibbeler, Layli Long Soldier

Date: Friday, March 26, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Community Event, Conversation, Talk, Workshop

Please note: while this event is open to members of Indigenous communities, this is a special community workshop, and you must be registered with the Phoenix Indian Center in order to attend. To learn more about registering, visit the Phoenix Indian Center's website at https://phxindcenter.org/online-options/. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Phoenix Indian Center at 602.264.6768 or info@phxindcenter.org


NEA Big Read Keynote
Layli Long Soldier, Patti Hibbeler

Date: Friday, March 26, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Keynote, Panel, Q&A, Reading, Talk

Craft Class
Layli Long Soldier

Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Craft Class, Generative Workshop, Workshop

Please note: in order to ensure equity and access, the Piper Center is asking individuals to pre-register for this class. Registrations will be distributed through a lottery process with priority given to members of Indigenous communities. Individuals will have one week to claim their registration. The deadline to pre-register is Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Phoenix MST. Registration will open to the general public on March 8, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. Phoenix MST.


Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Salon

Spirited Conversation. Literary Culture. Normally every 1st Thursday at Valley Bar. Online During COVID-19. 

April is National Poetry Month. But what about the rest of the year? What does the poetry scene look like in the Valley? Who gets to be visible? What images does "poet" conjure up in your mind? What's their backstory? How is poetry perceived in the public sphere? Can we broaden the appeal of poetry? Should we?