NEA Big Read Partners
Over 40 authors, speakers, and community organizations
The NEA Big Read: Phoenix is presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University with additional support from Arizona Humanitites, Phoenix Public Library, and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Humanities Division at ASU.
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Our keynote speaker is poet Layli Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota), whose debut collection WHEREAS (Graywolf Press, 2017) was a finalist for the National Book Award. Our kick off features Navajo Nation Poets Laureate Luci Tapahonso and Laura Tohe with Dr. Amanda R. Tachine and poet Jake Skeets.
Other authors, speakers, and partners include AGUILA Youth Leadership, Alex Soto, Amber McCrary, April Ignacio, the American Indian Policy Institute at ASU, ASU Library, the ASU Library Community Driven Archives Initiative, the ASU Library Labriola National American Indian Data Center, the ASU School of Art, Bojan Louis, Dr. David Martinez, Debbie Nez Manuel, the Emerging Diné Writers Institute, Emma Greguska, Dr. Felicia Mitchell, Gionni Ponce, Hayden’s Ferry Review, the Heard Museum, Hoot n Waddle, Indivisible Tohono, Representative Jennifer Jermaine, Jenny Irish, Joe Buenker, Dr. Kathleen A. Fox, Ken Duncan, Kyle Mitchell, Manny Loley, Mary Hood, OXDX, Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, Patti Hibbeler, Patty Talahongva, the Phoenix Indian Center, the Phoenix Indian School Visitors Center, the Research on Violent Victimization Lab at ASU, Rosalie Talahongva, Samuel Redbird, Sareya Taylor, the Storytelling Institute at South Mountain Community College, Dr. Traci Morris, Valaura Imus-Nahsonhoya, Violet Duncan, and XICO.