Big Read Northeast Ohio

Akron, Ohio

An interactive online poetry project featuring Joy Harjo’s An American Sunrise, curated by Kimberlee Medicine Horn Jackson.

Big Read Northeast Ohio selected An American Sunrise by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo as the 2021-2022 community reading program. Harjo is the first Native American poet laureate of the United States, and her poetry collection, An American Sunrise, illuminates Indigenous peoples’ fight for justice, sovereignty, and dignity.

The goal of Big Read Northeast Ohio is to center and celebrate the voices of Indigenous peoples and provide opportunities for community members throughout the region to examine our shared histories.

Get involved by contributing to our Big Read community poem or creating your own Emerge poem.