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Oregon’s Poet Laureate Headlines Month of Verse at COCC

Anis Mojgani, a two-time National Poetry Slam champion, winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam and Oregon’s current poet laureate, is headlining Central Oregon Community College’s (COCC) National Poetry Month celebrations, with a performance from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, to include a student-facilitated interview and a Q&A with the audience.

The event is free and open to the public, with preregistration required. COCC will also offer poetry fans a collaborative workshop, recorded readings from college staff and students — posted weekly every Thursday of the month — and other verse-themed activities as part of the online celebration at cocc.edu/poetry-month/2021, where all registration for the free events takes place.

Portland-based Mojgani began his term as Oregon’s 10th poet laureate last April. In addition to his acclaim on the poetry slam stage, the poet has performed at universities, festivals and for the United Nations. A trained comic book artist, he has published five books of poetry, had his work featured on HBO and National Public Radio, and designed commissions for the Getty Museum and Peabody Essex Museum.

“One of the things that I feel right now is the permission to be imaginative of what our world can become,” Mojgani said in an artist’s statement. “Right now, everything is so uncertain. What beautiful possibilities can we create from what we imagine? We need to be powerfully imaginative. If there are ways in which I, as a poet laureate, can do that, that’s something that I really want to discover and explore.”

Now in its sixth year, the Barber Library’s celebration of National Poetry Month continues to bring notable poets and interactive poetry-themed workshops and events to Central Oregon.

“This year, we’re using the theme ‘Together’ to celebrate poetry, and even though we’re once again meeting virtually, there are a lot of opportunities for collective celebration, starting with Anis’ performance,” said Kirsten Hostetler, COCC’s instruction and outreach librarian. “We hope Poetry Month at COCC highlights the calming effect of poetry during anxious times and speaks to the shared human connection found in verse.”

Image: Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani

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