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How Art and Culture Engage and Empower, Elizabeth Woody, Portland

September 1, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Elizabeth Woody

On Tuesday, September 1st, at the Old Church in downtown Portland, Oregon, poet Elizabeth Woody comes to the Willamette Writers meeting to talk about the transformative role of art and culture, and her relationship to the land through her tribal identity.
About Elizabeth Woody — Poet, Artist & Educator

Elizabeth Woody is an enrolled member of the Confederate Tribes of Warm Springs in Oregon. She studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, earned a BA in the humanities from Evergreen State College in Olympia, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University.

Woody’s poetry reflects her close ties with her family, the natural world, and her people, a group she portrays with humanity and sympathy. Her collections of poetry include Hand into Stone (1988) (reprinted as Seven Hands, Seven Hearts, The Eighth Mountain Press, 1994), winner of the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, and Luminaries of the Humble (University of Arizona Press, 1994). A practicing artist, Woody also illustrated Sherman Alexie’s poetry collection Old Shirts and New Skins (American Indian Studies, 1993).

Luminaries of the Humble by Elizabeth WoodyJudy Elsley, reviewing Luminaries of the Humble, noted: “Woody’s poetry acts as a tool for rebuilding history, reconstituting dignity, and communicating culture.”

Songs are sung through our lives and are a part of how we follow. The volcanoes in our stories moved and lived before our human presence. The river shifted this way, left its mark. It made a way for us. Coyote walked here and made this so, in this time’s beginning. There is a difference here. We dream.” – Elizabeth Woody

A critically praised poet, lecturer, and educator, Woody received the William Stafford Memorial Prize for Poetry from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association in 1994. She has also been the recipient of Hedgebrook’s J.T. Stewart Award for transformational work and a “Medicine Pathways for the Future” Kellogg Fellowship.

Traditional wisdom is systems thinking. As long as Nature is taken care of, it will take care of you.” – Elizabeth Woody
Woody works as a program coordinator for the National Science Foundation’s Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction. She is a founding member of the Northwest Native American Writers Association and a board member of Soapstone, a writing retreat for women.

To learn more about Elizabeth Woody, visit The Poetry Foundation, and join us September 1st at the Old Church. The doors open at 6:30 and the meeting begins at 7:00 pm.


September 1, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Old Church, Portland
1422 SW 11th
Portland, OR 97201
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