Poet and writer Cecelia LaPointe to speak at the Petoskey District Library


PETOSKEY – Join the Petoskey District Library and Good Hart Artist Residence for an evening of poetry and discussion about boarding schools and healing justice when they host poet Cecelia LaPointe at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20 in the building Carnegie. This event is part of the library’s National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program.

LaPointe is the founder and executive director of the Native Justice Coalition, and the founder and owner of Red Circle Consulting and Waub Ajijaak Press. Poet and writer, they weave together Anishinaabe heritage and identity, decolonization, environmental justice, First Nations/Native American/Métis identity, marginalized identities, matriarchy, oppression, racial justice, sobriety, social justice and two-spirit identity.

LaPointe says, “…poetry is comforting in countering oppression, racism, discrimination, and marginalization. The words and the formation of a poem can bring healing.

Their poetry and writings are featured in 25 Indigenous-Indigenous anthologies, booklets, textbooks, memoirs, exhibits, journals, magazines and publications online. LaPointe is Ojibway/Métis and is Mashkiziibi (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibway or LaPointe Band of Ojibway) and Kchiwiikwedong (Keweenaw Bay Indian Community). They will spend a week in residence at the Good Hart Artist Residency (www.goodhartartistresidency.org), whose mission is to train artists, writers and composers from diverse backgrounds and artistic disciplines and connect them with the local community. in enriching experiences. that empower people through the arts in the natural beauty of Northern Michigan.

The Petoskey District Library is one of 61 organizations selected nationwide to receive a 2021-2022 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read. The Big Read expands our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. This year’s book is “An American Sunrise” by Joy Harjo.

The $5,000 grant supports the program, events and activities offered to the community from March to May. Many partners, including the Good Hart Artist Residency, Harbor Springs Festival of the Book, Little Traverse Bay Bands Niigaandiwin Education Department and the Little Traverse Literary Guild work together to engage community members, encouraging greater understanding of the themes, Indigenous voices and perspectives.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For more on this, including book and author information, podcasts, and videos, visit www.arts.gov/neabigread

The hours of operation of the Petoskey District Library are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information on events, visit its website at www.petoskeylibrary.org or call the staff at (231) 758-3144. You can view the full schedule of events for the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read in Petoskey at www.petoskeylibrary.org/using-the-library/community-reads/.


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