The Virginia G. Piper
Center for Creative Writing

Photograph of Agnes Woodward

Agnes Woodward

NEA Big Read Partner 2021

About Agnes Woodward

Agnes Woodward is Nehiyaw Iskwew (Plains Cree) from Kawacatoose First Nation, Saskatchewan, Canada. Agnes is a wife, mother, owner/designer of ReeCreeations and a full time Advocate with the Three Affiliated Tribes Victim Services Program. 

She is also a family member of a MMIWG2S as her aunt Eleanor "Laney" Ewenin was murdered in 1982, and her family has been active in the movement since the nineties. 

Through her family's involvement in the MMIWG2S movement, she has developed a passion for advocating for those who have been silenced or have yet to find their voice.

With a focus on healing, Agnes has designed a ribbon skirt that has been said to be an iconic symbol in the MMIWG2S movement. She has done several fundraisers for organizations and families of MMIWG2S with the belief that love and support for families must always come from a place of compassion and understanding.

Find Events with Agnes Woodward

NEA Big Read Keynote: Bring Them Home
Layli Long Soldier, Patti Hibbeler, Valaura Imus-Nahsonhoya, Jacyln Roessel, Agnes Woodward

Date: Friday, March 26, 2021 - 7:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type & Genre: Keynote, Panel, Q&A, Reading, Talk; American Indian, Community, Human Rights, Indigenous, Social Justice
Every time a person goes missing, it's a tragedy. But statistics are only part of the picture. In times of crisis, we come together as a community to protect one another, honor those we've lost, and gather strength to keep moving. Join Layli Long Soldier and community advocates for an evening dedicated to missing Indigenous people.

About NEA Big Read

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. This event is presented as part the NEA Big Read: Phoenix, celebrating Indigenous literary arts and culture in the Valley with over 25 talks, workshops, performances, book clubs, art exhibits other virtual events inspired by The Round House by Louise Erdrich. NEA Big Read: Phoenix is presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University with additional support from Arizona Humanities, Phoenix Public Library, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities Division at ASU. Find events, meet our partners, and start reading today at

Support Indigenous Communities

The Phoenix Indian Center is the oldest American Indian non-profit organization of its kind in the United States, providing workforce development, cultural enrichment, and other vital services to Indigenous communities throughout the Valley for over 70 years. To support their work, visit their website at, click the donate button, enter an amount, and enter "NEA Big Read" in the description. Please consider making a gift to the Phoenix Indian Center today.

Make your gift