Schedule

ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE.

JOIN US FOR PANEL AND BOOK DISCUSSIONS, PERFORMANCES, FILM SCREENINGS & MORE! 

Programs are in-person and outdoors unless stated.

Masks and social distancing protocols will be observed.  

AN EVENING WITH JOY HARJO

DEC. 13 - 6PM

Help us kick-off the Big Read and welcome United States poet laureate Joy Harjo to the Morongo Basin for an evening of poetry and commentary.
FREE - Reservations Required

Performances:          
THE DI(C)E SQUAD

OCT. 3-5 - 7PM

Join Thought Theatre as it explores intergenerational trauma in a new production written and directed by Miri Hunter.

Open Reading: 
CHOLLA NEEDLES 58 - THE BIG READ ISSUE

OCT. 6 - 5PM

Hear local authors read their poetry on the theme of Terra "the love of the land", published in Cholla Needles' October Big Read issue.

Book Discussion

OCT. 7 - 6PM

Join fellow Big Readers for a book discussion on the themes of the 2021 featured book An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo. Hosted by the Greenleaf Library at Copper Mountain College.

Learning Landscapes:
TRIBES OF THE MOJAVE DESERT

OCT. 8 - 4PM

The Native American Land Conservancy will host presentations with the Tribal communities that are associated with the Mojave Desert.

Exhibition:
WHEN WIND BECOMES WORDS

OCT. 9 - 6PM

Explore the October Beatnik Lounge art exhibition “When Wind Becomes Words” which celebrates An American Sunrise with work by local artists inspired by a poem, stanza or phrase from the book. 

Book Discussions:

OCT. 9   - 2PM

OCT. 13 - 5PM

OCT. 18 - 5PM

OCT. 19 - 6PM

Join fellow Big Readers for a book discussion on the themes of the 2021 featured book An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo:

Hosted by the Twentynine Palms Library.

Hosted by the Joshua Tree Library.

Hosted by Yucca Valley Library.

Hosted by the Hi-Desert Contemporary Book Club.

Drive-In Film Screenings:              

OCT. 20 - 6.30PM

OCT. 21 - 6.30PM

WARRIOR WOMEN

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World

Roundtable:
CALIFORNIA NATIVE POETS (online)

OCT. 24 - 4PM

Hear poetry readings by California Native Poets Deborah Miranda (Ohlone/Costanoan-Esselen and Chumash), Casandra López (Cahuilla/Tongva/Luiseno) and Kim Shuck (Cherokee). Moderated by Ruth Nolan, Professor of Creative Writing at College of the Desert.

In Conversation:
GERALD CLARKE AND
CARA ROMERO (online)

OCT. 27 - 5PM

Join leading artists Gerald Clarke and Cara Romero as they present their work and discuss what’s needed to develop a lively contemporary indigenous art scene in Southern California.