An article about Native authors in the English language…
By KIM GRIZZARD, The Daily Reflector
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Members of three American Indian tribes came to Greenville on Feb. 15 to celebrate the launch of a community reading program that focuses on the writing of the nation’s first Native American poet laureate.
Representatives of the Lumbee, Haliwa-Saponi and Waccamaw-Siouan tribes were part of East Carolina University’s kickoff celebration for the National Endowment for the Arts program, Big Read-Greenville. The six-week shared reading experience, which will focus on Joy Harjo’s best-selling poetry collection “An American Sunrise,” is designed to spark conversation and establish connections within the community.
An American Sunrise is a wisdom quest as Joy Harjo returns to the place of her ancestors. This haunting and breathtaking book invokes the relocation of the southeastern peoples, of what they endured and lost. Harjo is a visionary and a truth sayer, and her expansive imagination sweeps time, interpolating history into the present.