Oregon

The current state poet laureate of Oregon is Elizabeth Woody, who was appointed in 2016 and is serving a two-year term. Woody's poetry centers around her background as a member of the Confederate Tribes of Warm Springs. She is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Seven Hands, Seven Hearts: Prose and Poetry (The Eighth Mountain Press, 1994). She currently works as director of the Indigenous Leadership Program at the nonprofit Ecotrust.

upcoming events

date
Feb 03 2018
Talk by Joy Harjo
The Eugene Public Library will feature a talk by poet Joy Harjo, as part of the NEA Big Read, at their downtown location on Saturday, February 3, at 3 p.m. 
 
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Joy Harjo is an internationally known poet, writer, performer, and saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. Her eight books of poetry include Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. Harjo’s memoir Crazy Brave won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award.
 
She is the recipient of the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets for proven mastery in the art of poetry; a Guggenheim Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the United States Artist Fellowship. In 2014 she was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
 
Harjo holds the Chair of Excellence in Creative Writing, Department of English, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
 
A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally, solo and with her band, the Arrow Dynamics. She has five award-winning CDs of music including the award-winning album Red Dreams, A Trail Beyond Tears, and Winding Through the Milky Way, which won a Native American Music Award for Best Female Artist of the Year in 2009.
 
 
3:00pm
100 W 10th Ave
Downtown Library (10th & Olive)
97401 Eugene, Oregon
Feb 02 2018
Poetry reading by Joy Harjo
The UO campus will host renowned author Joy Harjo for a poetry reading on Friday, February 2, 2018, in cooperation with the Eugene Public Library (EPL). The campus visit is sponsored by the Native American Studies Program; Common Reading, Division of Undergraduate Studies; and the Center for the Study of Women in Society, in collaboration with Eugene Public Library.
 
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Joy Harjo is an internationally known poet, writer, performer, and saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. Her eight books of poetry include Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. Harjo’s memoir Crazy Brave won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award.
 
She is the recipient of the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets for proven mastery in the art of poetry; a Guggenheim Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the United States Artist Fellowship. In 2014, she was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
 
If you’re coming from off-campus, be aware that parking on or near the UO campus can be challenging. Be sure to plan your access in advance in order to make it on time to the reading! Some possibilities include: Matthew Knight Arena parking garage; city streets with free two-hour parking in nearby neighborhoods. Metered locations on the street.
 

 

3:00pm
1451 Onyx St
Straub Hall, Room 156
97403 Eugene, Oregon

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poems

poem

The more I go, the harder it becomes to return. To anywhere. There is no one at the ocean this morning. I walked by the campsites and smelled eggs and pancakes. And there were sweet Oregon cherries and watermelon. I wonder if I can go back—what purpose there would be in it—or in any other thing?

poem

i.         Powell’s Bookstore Coffee Shop, Portland

it’s all lit up with volcanoes
Chris says of Oregon
where I write of new fires
burning old animals
but there are these old fires
I don’t heed—

the xylophone of volcanoes
that is the Cascade Range

poem
Siwashing It Out Once in Suislaw Forest

I slept under     rhododendron
All night    blossoms fell
Shivering on	a sheet of cardboard
Feet stuck   in my pack
Hands deep    in my pockets
Barely  able    to   sleep.
I remembered    when we were in school
Sleeping together   in a big warm bed
We were     the