The grant of almost $12,000 will support a community reading program that every year centers around a particular book.
This year the book is “An American Sunrise” by Joy Harjo, who is the current United States Poet Laureate.
The Big Read is an initiative of the NEA in partnership with Arts Midwest that aims to “broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.”
This is year number 14 for the Big Read in Galesburg.
Galesburg Public Library Director Noelle Thompson says they, “look forward to bringing the community together to soak up Joy Harjo’s illuminating poetry.”
“An American Sunrise” is a book of poetry informed by the history of Harjo’s tribe – the Muscogee (Creek) people – and her connection to the land.
Big Read Grant Coordinator for Galesburg Eileen Castro says programming will entertaining and educational programs about the culture and history of the Muscogee Nation and Native Americans whose lands we inhabit.”
If your classroom or private book club is interested in receiving free copies of the book, please contact the Big Read Coordinator, Eileen Castro, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-343-6118.
Since 2006, the National Endowment for the Arts has funded more than 1,700 NEA Big Read programs, providing more than $23 million to organizations nationwide