FARGO — U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo will come to Fargo-Moorhead in February to read from her new collection of poems, “American Sunrise.” The Feb. 7 event at the Plains Art Museum is part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read campaign.

In 2019, Harjo, a member of the Muscogee Nation, became the first Native American appointed U.S. Poet Laureate.

“American Sunrise,” published in 2019, is her most recent collection of poems. Her new memoir is called "Poet Warrior."

An opening event for the Big Read starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the Plains Art Museum featuring local author Denise Lajimodiere reading poems accompanied by flutists Laura Kellogg, Lisa Bost and bassoonist/saxophonist Russ Peterson. At the end of the evening, Lajimodiere will perform a jingle dance.

Other events tied to the Big Read over the next few months include poetry-writing workshops, a book discussion, an art show and a reading by children’s book author Dawn Quigley.

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For a full list of events, go to https://www.spiritroom.org/neabigread2021.