Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) is hosting a virtual event to celebrate the release of Bringing Joy: A Local Literary Welcome, an anthology of writing and art inspired by the work of United States Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo (Muscogee). The e-book features work created by local writers and artists inspired by Joy Harjo. This virtual reading and conversation will take place on Tuesday, October 12 at 7:00 pm.  It is free and open to the public. To join the event on October 12, visit
Bringing Joy: A Local Literary Welcome was created through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council to celebrate United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s virtual visit on October 18, 2021. Bringing Joy: A Local Literary Welcome is made possible by these organizations: Minnesota Center for the Book, US Library of Congress, Fond du Lac Reservation, Carlton County, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO), Oldenburg Arts and Cultural Community, Minnesota State Arts Board, Minnesota Humanities Center, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, and Northland Foundation.
United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s virtual visit on October 18, 2021, is hosted by FDLTCC and AICHO in partnership with the Oldenburg Arts and Cultural Community (OACC), Minnesota Center for the Book, and the Library of Congress. FDLTCC and AICHO will welcome Joy Harjo to the Northland for an evening of both poetry and music at 7:00 pm on Monday, October 18, 2021. To register for this special virtual visit, entitled Bringing Joy – Minanaawigwendamowin Biijigaadeg, visit
Joy Harjo is a writer and performer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation serving her third term as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States. She is the author of nine books of poetry, including the highly acclaimed An American Sunrise, several plays, children’s books, and two memoirs, Crazy Brave and Poet Warrior. Joy Harjo’s many honors include the Ruth Lily Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award, two NEA Fellowships, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. As a musician and performer, Harjo has produced seven award-winning music albums including her newest, I Pray for My Enemies.
For more information about the release of Bringing Joy: A Local Literary Welcome or Bringing Joy – Minanaawigwendamowin Biijigaadeg, contact Darci Schummer at dschummer*AT*


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