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Joy Harjo is the first Native American poet to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate. She is also the sec­ond poet to be appoint­ed a third term as U.S. Poet Laureate. In her 2019 collection, “An American Sunrise,” Harjo returns to the land where  her ancestors forcibly removed in the early 1800s during the Trail of Tears. She explores personal history alongside tribal history. 

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In July we continue following along with the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read. Next month, we’ll read “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros. This book is composed of vignettes that tell the story of Esperanza Cordero and her time growing up in Chicago. Read and beloved by people of all ages, Cisneros’ work captures the breadth of human emotion, from extreme joy to heartbreak.