National Poetry Month 2018

National Poetry Month: Invoking Unheard Voices. All activities are free and open to the public.

Performances  ◈  Events  ◈  Arts & Crafts  ◈  Sponsors


Cindy GutierrezGeraldo Calderon

Cindy Gutierrez and Gerardo Calderon

Journey to the spirit of ancient Mexico—to a time and place where poetry was "the way to a pure heart." Through a live performance of Aztec-inspired poetry with pre-Columbian music, Cindy’s and Gerardo’s presentation engages in a haunting dialogue with "the ones who have gone before."

Bend Performance

Tuesday, April 10
5:30 pm to 7 pm
Barber Library West Wing

Redmond Performance

Wednesday, April 11
1:15 pm to 2:45 pm
RTEC 209

Laura Da

Laura Da

Laura Da is an award-winning poet and proud member of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma.

Da's poetry weaves rich images to create a shifting vision of the past and present.

Bend Performance

Tuesday, April 24
5:30 to 7 pm
Barber Library West Wing

Madras Performance

Wednesday, April 25
12 pm to 1:30 pm
Madras Campus Community Room


Alex Borgen

Art Installation by Alex Borgen

Visit Ochoco the week of April 16 to see the art installation by Central Oregon artist Alex Borgen, "Unheard Voices of the Landscape--Just Under the Surface, but Present."


April 16-22 in Ochoco


Wednesday, April 18
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Accordian Book by Abecedarian Gallery

Bookmaking Workshops

Need a place to record thoughts, memories or to show off your poetry skills?

Come learn two easy book-making techniques--accordion books and chapbooks bound with a simple pamphlet stitch--that can be used as travel or writer's notebooks, or poetry chapbooks.

All supplies and snacks provided.

Redmond Workshop

Tuesday, April 17
1 pm to 2 pm
Building 3 Lounge

Bend Workshop

Monday, April 23
5 pm to 6 pm
Coats Campus Center 116

Proect 365 #169 by Pete

Poetry Open Mic

Bring your original poetry, music or rap to share. All welcome.

Pizza, coffee and desserts will be provided.

Thursday, April 19
Wickiup Residence Hall
5 pm to 7 pm

Book2Eat cake 2013

Book2Eat Celebration

Free cake! Join your COCC librarians to celebrate the sweet taste of books and poetry.

Wednesday, April 25
Barber Library Rotunda
1 pm to 2 pm

Arts & Crafts

Magnetic Poetry by Steve Johnson

April 2-8

Magnetic Poetry

Unleash your inner child poet at the Magnetic Poetry displays in Bend, Redmond, and Madras.


April 9-15


View the charming PoeTree in the Barber Library Rotunda


Visit the library locations in Bend, Redmond, and/or Madras to enjoy fun poetry-themed crafts.

Bookmark vector

April 16-22

Poetry Bookmarks

Come to Barber Library for your free poetry-themed bookmark.