Being a Creative Thinker and Maker

publicity photo of Elizabeth Woody, Oregon Poet Laureate

event announcement for guest speaker Elizabeth Woody

The Friends of Hannon Library will host Oregon Poet Laureate Elizabeth Woody, speaking on Being a Creative Thinker and Maker at

Thurday, May 11, 2017
4-5 pm
Hannon Library, Meese Room
Southern Oregon University

Woody will discuss how drawing on nature and multicultural experiences of humanity and heritage can help form a creative will.

Elizabeth Woody is Oregon’s first Native American poet laureate. She is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, of Yakama Nation descent, and is “born for” the Tódích’íinii (Bitter Water clan) of the Navajo Nation. Her paternal grandfather’s clan is Mą‘ii deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass – Jemez clan). She is a visual artist as well a published author of short fiction, essays, and poetry books. She received the American Book Award in 1990 and the William Stafford Memorial Award for Poetry, and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards in 1995.

“Her poems are like hands and hearts and also like lights: they grip and pulse and illuminate. Like the woman herself, the work is grand and modest and forceful. It will shake you, and move you deeply.” ~Bloomsbury Review

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Hannon Library as part of the 2016-17 Speaker Series. The presentation is free and open to the public. Get free campus parking for this event by visiting any SOU parking meter and using this code: FHL0511.

For more information, contact Hannon Library Administration at or 541-552-6816.

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