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Pueblo Book Club: ‘An American Sunrise’ Poems by Joy Harjo (Muskogee)

@ Online Tuesday 11.24, 2020
02:00 pm - 04:00 pm MST

This Book Club will be hosted by Jon Ghahate.

By Joy Harjo Poet Muscokee/Creek Laureate of the United States (Guest Participant)

An authentic account of NM’s Pueblo peoples and their culture is a principle aspiration in their taking ownership in the telling of their history. This is also true of other indigenous communities of the United States. ‘An American Sunrise Poems’, by Joy Harjo, Muskogee/Creek poet/musician and the 23rd Poet Laureate of the US, is a poetic narrative of her Muskogee people, who were forcibly removed from their aboriginal homelands in the 1680s. This poetic narrative exemplifies of how the Muskogee peoples keep relevant their culture, core values, social constructs, and inter-connectedness with their world.

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To RSVP for this Book Club, fill out this registration form . We will send you a link and password to join the Zoom webinar.

The deadline to register is the day before the event. Nov. 23, 2020 11:59 PM

While this is a free event, there is a $5 suggested donation. You can donate here.

Thank you for participating in our virtual Pueblo Book Club. Each participant is important and valued, we welcome your participation. Below is the outline and etiquette for our book club.

More Details, Zoom Outline, and Etiquette

Joy Harjo, the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States, is a member of the Mvskoke Nation and belongs to Oce Vpofv (Hickory Ground). Harjo is the author of nine books of poetry, including her most recent, the highly acclaimed American Sunrise (2019), and Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings (2015), which was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize and named a Notable Book of the Year by the American Library Association. Her memoir, Crazy Brave, was awarded the PEN USA Literary Award in Creative Non Fiction and the American Book Award.

She has published two award-winning children’s books, several screenplays, anthologies, and collections of prose interviews, and three plays. She is Executive Editor of the recently released anthology When the Light of the World Was Subdued: a Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry. As a musician performing solo and with her band, the Arrow Dynamics, Harjo has produced five award-winning music albums including Winding Through the Milky Way, for which she was awarded a NAMMY for Best Female Artist of the year. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Board of Directors Chair of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and holds a Tulsa Artist Fellowship. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Website: www.joyharjo.com

  • At the time of the scheduled Zoom Pueblo Book Club participants will be allowed into the Zoom meeting.
  • Opening and Greeting from Pueblo Book Club facilitator, Jon Ghahate
  • Introduction and reasoning for selected book of the month.
  • Discussion and Dialogue with Book Club participants.
  • First group of questions entered through chat will be addressed
  • Discussion and Dialogue with Book Club participants
  • Second group of questions entered through chat will be addressed
  • Closing – Preview of the next months selected book.
  • End of Book Club Session
  • Survey link available

  • Mute your microphone
    • To help keep background noise to a minimum.
    • When called upon by the moderator your microphone will be unmuted
    • When your microphone is not muted, avoid activities that could create additional noise.
  • Position your camera properly
    • If you choose to use a web camera, be sure it is in a stable position and focused at eye level, if possible. Doing so helps create a more direct sense of engagement with other participants.
  • Participation
    • If you have a question/comment use the chat feature at the bottom of the screen and the moderator will address in order of comments and/or will be called upon.
    • We will include and incorporate as many participants as time allows.
    • When called upon by the moderator, speak clearly and distinctly.
    • When called upon, in order to allow the potential for others to contribute, limit your comments to a brief period of 2 minutes. This will allow other to participate as well.
    • If you would like to verbally comment during the discussion segment, use the icon on the bottom of the screen to “Raise Your Hand” and the moderator will acknowledge your contribution.
    • If you need to leave during the session, you can simply close out of the session on your screen or leave a farewell on chat that you are leaving the session.

 Join by computer: Click on the link that was provided to you, it will look something like: http://unm.zoom.us/j/555555555 (this is only an example) A dialog window will pop‐up:
Click on “Open Zoom Meetings” A window will pop‐up, to enter your name (you can select the check‐box to “Remember my name for future meetings”, after you enter your name click Join Meeting:
Join a meeting by phone:
  1. Dial an in‐country number. If you dial a toll number, your carrier rates will apply.
  2. You will be prompted to enter the meeting ID ‐ the nine (9), ten (10), or eleven (11) digit ID pro-vided to you by the host, followed by #.
  3. If the meeting has not already started and join before host is not enabled, you will be prompted to enter the host key to start the meeting, or to press # to wait if you are participant. 4. You will be prompted to enter your unique participant ID. Press # to skip. Phone controls for participants The following commands can be entered via DTMF tones using your phone’s dial pad while in a Zoom meeting:
• *6 ‐ Toggle mute/unmute
• *9 ‐ Raise hand