ArtLit 2021
Join the fun on Saturday, January 9, 2021, 10AM-2PM on Facebook LIVE.
NEA Big Read Events
Events include poetry & art workshops, an American Sign Language book discussion and many more.
NEA Big Read 2021

An American Sunrise: Poems by Joy Harjo

An American Sunrise: Poems is a nationally best-selling volume of wise, powerful poetry from Harjo, the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States. She is a member of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation and the author of nine poetry collections, most recently An American Sunrise: Poems, and a memoir, Crazy Brave. Named Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019, Harjo lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she is a Tulsa Artist Fellow saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation.


NEA Big Read events - Register
  • Thursday, January 7 - Celebrating Indigenous Peoples: Featuring Lakota and Anishinaabe storyteller/artist/educator Kevin Locke, families welcome, 2-3PM
  • Monday, January 11 - Express Yourself! Poetry Workshop: Join poet, director, artist and educator Darius V. Daughtry for an interactive creative event that will awaken your inner voice, 2:30-3:45PM
  • Thursday, January 14 - American Sign Language Book Discussion featuring An American Sunrise: Poems, presented by The Bridge Outreach for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 4-5PM
  • Saturday, January16 - Connectivity and Healing in Art Making: Join artists Iretta Tiger and Dante Blais-Billie in a discussion and demonstration of how the active practice of cultural and art traditions can strengthen our resilience and improve mental health, 11AM-12:30PM
  • Saturday, January16 - The Magic of Detail Poetry Workshop: 2020 South Florida Youth Poet Laureate Anna Bayuk leads this interactive poetry workshop for teens, recommended for ages 13-19, 2-3:30PM
  • Tuesday, January 26 - Dear Dreamer: Interactive Book Discussion featuring For Every One by Jason Reynolds. Join this lively book discussion and talk openly about following your dreams and share your original art and writing, 5-6PM
  • Thursday, January 28 - An American Sunrise:Poems Book Discussion: Share your thoughts, feelings and opinions with other readers, 4-5PM
  • Friday, January 29 - Poetry is Power: A Teen Spoken Word Hour: Join Broward County Library as teen poets show off their original works. Sharing is highly encouragedand welcome from all attendees, 1:30-2:45PM
  • Saturday, January 30 - Storytelling through Digital Comics: Create a comic strip inspired by Native American poetry, recommended for ages 12-17, 3:30-4:30PM

Saturday, January 30 - NEA Big Read: A Conversation with Joy Harjo: Join U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, for an online reading, conversation and Q&A discussion, 2-3PM, Register


ArtLit 2021: Rythms & Rhymes - Saturday, January 9, 2021

Free, all-ages celebration of art and literature featuring anon-stop cavalcade of live interactive art creation, music, craft demonstrations, special performances and more, 10AM-2PM, Facebook LIVE


NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in Partnership with Arts Midwest. Additional sponsorship is provided by the Broward Public Library Foundation and the Florida Center for the Book.




2020 Event Coverage
ArtLit 2020: Remembering the Past, Envisioning the Future video

Featured book: A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines


2019 Event Coverage
ArtLit 2019: A Day of Heroes -view event coverage video.
Heroes Within Us: An Afternoon with Brad Meltzer - view event photos. Fort Lauderdale Story Slam: Heroes - view event photos