National Poetry Month

Tuesday, 4/10/2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 4/25/2018 at 2 p.m.

Various locations

Celebrating National Poetry Month with Events at COCC

Tuesday, April 10: Cindy Gutierrez and Gerardo Calderon, Bend campus, Barber Library, second floor, 5:30-6 p.m. refreshments, 6-7 p.m. performance. 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 and Geraldo’s presentation engages in a haunting dialogue with “the ones who have gone before.”

Wednesday, April 11: Cindy Gutierrez and Gerardo Calderon, Redmond campus, RTEC 209, 1:15-1:45 p.m. refreshments, 1:45-2:45 p.m. performance.

Tuesday, April 17: Bookmaking Workshop, Redmond campus, Building 3, lounge, 1-2 p.m., RSVP Need a place to record thoughts, place memories, or to show off your poetry skills? Come learn two easy bookmaking 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.

Wednesday, April 18: Alex Borgen Art Installation Presentation, “Unheard Voices of the Landscape—Just Under the Surface, but Present,” Bend campus, Ochoco Hall, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 19: Poetry Open Mic, Bend campus, Wickiup Hall, kitchen area, 5-7 p.m. Bring your original poetry to share. Chance to win a Hydroflask or gift card to Strictly Organic or Townsend's Tea House. Free and open to the public. Contact Pat Givens at

Monday, April 23: Bookmaking Workshop, Bend campus, Coats Campus Center, Room 116, 5-6 p.m. RSVP

Tuesday, April 24: Laura Da’, Bend campus, Barber Library, second floor, 5:30-6 p.m. refreshments, 6-7 p.m. performance. 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.

Wednesday, April 25: Laura Da’, Madras campus, Community Room, 12-12:30 p.m. light lunch, 12:30-1:30 performance. Book2Eat Celebration, Bend campus, Barber Library Rotunda, 1-2 p.m. Free Cake! Join us at the Book2Eat event to celebrate the sweet taste of books and poetry.


Sponsored by: COCC Barber Library, COCC Native American Program, COCC Madras campus, COCC Redmond campus, ASCOCC, COCC Latino Students, Chandler Foundation and the COCC Humanities Department.


Information: Michelle Cary at

National Poetry Month