NEA Big Reads: ASU

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

Timeline: All programming will take place in and around March 2021. We hope this timing will support connections with and lead into ASUs 35th Annual Powwow in April, and will also build momentum and activism surrounding the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women on May 5th.

Themes and program topics: A work of literary fiction, The Round House takes the classic Bildungsroman / coming-of-age story and blends it with elements of memoir, detective novels, suspense, and storytelling / oral history. While the primary theme in the novel is justice through the lens of indigenous history and tribal law, the book also employs oral storytelling and explores dynamics family, sexuality, relationships, mythology, and religion.

Main partner library: Burton Barr in Phoenix they are enthusiastic about the project, and have committed to hosting book clubs at all their 17 library branches. They are also working to purchase unlimited e-book rights for a period of 6 months, meaning that anyone in the greater Phoenix digital library network will be able to check out the book to read during that period without needing to wait for an available copy. They will also be able to produce marketing materials for the programs and share news and events within their extensive outreach lists to reach hundreds of thousands of local library patrons, and are interested in hosting art exhibitions in their gallery spaces and any other events we would like to work with them on. Their Pulliam auditorium seats 250, and will be an important central event venues.

Kickoff event: We will be hosting readings with other local indigenous authors in Phoenix to kick off the month of programming, and are in conversation with Steele Indian School Center as the potential venue. We also plan to host a kickoff discussion on the book itself.

Keynote event: In partnership with the American Indian Policy Institute, were inviting an indigenous female writer to produce a creative text on the AIPIs data and statistics surrounding violence against native American women and children. Towards the end of March or in early April, the writer will visit for a short residency and main speaking event to share their research and work. We are in conversation with the Heard Museum as an ideal venue.

Partners: We also have a number of other partnerships were working withincluding Phoenix Indian Center, Oral History and Scanning days at Palabras, Labriola Center, and morewere in the process of confirming these details and any contributions or involvement over the coming few weeks.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date2/1/211/31/22

Funding

  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA): $13,200.00

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