Big Read Hawaiʻi is a celebration of poetry, art, and storytelling funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with Arts Midwest. Lama Library will host the virtual program exploring An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo, current U.S. poet laureate and member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, and other companion titles from March 10 to April 22, 2022.
During this time, students attending any Big Read Hawai‘i event, from slam poetry, comic book superheroes, nature writing workshop, to a Moʻo ʻŌlelo presentation, may submit a creative response to win 2 movie tickets sponsored by BOSP.
Instructors: please help us promote the Big Read month-long event poster and Kick-Off Day info to your students to build a community of readers, start a conversation about our history, and listen to an array of voices and perspectives that might be different from ours.
Lots of talk story opportunities:
- Kealoha: slam poetry performance and workshop (now’s the time to write your own slam)
- Lee A Tonouchi: perform his Okinawan themed Pidgin poetry
- Solomon Enos: sharing 40+ slides of his Hawaiian Science Fiction artwork
- Connie Florez: watch Waikiki The Film and discuss themes and the making of this movie
- ʻĪmaikalani Kalāhele: Poetry video, including words and images from Nānā I Ke Kumu, Helu ʻEkolu.
- Susan Schultz: An American Sunrise book discussion
- Krista Hiser: Earth Day writing workshop
- More at https://bigreadhawaii.weebly.com/events.html
Register then check out where to get a free book and Take & Make kit.
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.