Author Margaret Noodin will visit the Petoskey District Library

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PETOSKEY – Join the Petoskey District Library and Good Hart Artist Residency as they host poet and educator Margaret Noodin twice in May.

At 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, in the children’s room of the library, she will read and discuss the children’s book “Dakonaninjingwaan, Falling Asleep Holding Hands”. This children’s book is a bilingual (Ojibwe and English) story about the gift of relationships. It is written by Fionnan Noori, designed by Shannon Noori, illustrated by Dolly Peltier, and is translated by Margaret Noodin into the standard Western spelling of Anishinaabemowin. This event is free to the public and is intended for children and their parents or guardians.

Then, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 at the library’s Carnegie Building, as part of its NEA Big Read programming, Noodin will perform “Ezhi-dibaajimoyaang Michigaming: Telling Stories by the Great Sea,” featuring some of the stories and songs from the 142 Anishinaabe Nations of the Great Lakes and their relationships with other humans and non-humans who share this space. During this presentation, you will discover the stewardship network that has been in place in the region for millennia and reflect together on the maintenance of indigenous habits in modern times.

Noodin visits the area as a resident of the Good Hart Artist Residency. The Residency’s mission is to nurture artists, writers, and composers from diverse backgrounds and artistic disciplines and connect them with the local community in meaningful experiences that empower people through the arts in the natural beauty of Northern Michigan.

Noodin received his Master of Arts in Creative Writing and his Ph.D. in English and Linguistics from the University of Minnesota. She is Professor of English and Native American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is also Associate Dean of Humanities and Director of the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education. She is the author of “Bawaajimo: A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature” and “Weweni and What the Chickadee Knows”, both of which are bilingual collections of poetry in Anishinaabemowin and English. To hear her work, visit www.ojibwe.net.

While in residency, Noodin will complete final edits to a book manuscript for Michigan State University Press titled “Aanikanootaage: Anishinaabe Translations of Global Literature,” which will contain translations of a range of global literature by Sappho, Hafiz, Chaucer, and Shakespeare. along with Indigenous literature that would have long been traded in North America, including excerpts from Lakota warrior stories from George Sword and passages from the Kayanerenko:wa (Great Law of Peace) of the Haudenosaunee. She also plans to write a thank you poem in Anishinaabemowin each day to share via the ojibwe_net Instagram account to celebrate the beauty of the language, the land and the lake.

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The Petoskey District Library is one of 61 organizations selected nationwide to receive a 2021-2022 NEA Big Read Grant. This year’s book is “An American Sunrise” by Joy Harjo. The $5,000 grant supports program, events and activities offered to the community from March to May 2022. Many partners including Good Hart Artist Residency, Harbor Springs Festival of the Book, Little Traverse Bay Bands Niigaandiwin Education Department and Little Traverse Literary Guild are working together to engage community members, encouraging a broader understanding of Indigenous themes, voices and perspectives.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For more information on the NEA Big Read, including book and author information, podcasts and videos, visit www.arts.gov/neabigread. Read all about what the library has planned for Joy Harjo’s “An American Sunrise” NEA Big Read here and its related events at www.petoskeylibrary.org/using-the-library/community-reads.

Petoskey District Library hours are Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. www.petoskeylibrary.org and click the green Donate button or call the staff at (231) 758-3100.

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