National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month 2017

National Poetry Month is a literary celebration founded by the Academy of American Poets to promote the appreciation and publication of poetry in the U.S.

Join COCC Barber Library in celebrating National Poetry Month 2017 with the following fun and educational events, featuring two renowned guest speakers: slam poetry champion MOsley WOtta and the current Poet Laureate of Oregon, Elizabeth Woody!

National Poetry Month events are co-sponsored by the COCC Multicultural Center and the Native American Program.

All Month

Drop by the library locations at Madras, Redmond, Prineville and Bend for the following activities all month long.

  • Poetry Crafts
  • Pocket Poems
  • Magnetic Poetry
  • Free Candy!

MOsley WOtta

Elizabeth Woody

Chicago-born Jason McNeal Graham (August 17, 1983) better known as MOsley WOtta, (MOWO) is a consummate creative. MOsley WOtta has been featured internationally as a speaker, performer, poet, visual artist and educator for over a decade. A former slam poetry champion for the state of Oregon, MOWO's work focus on the power of voice. He has been featured multiple times as a TED X speaker and performer. His CV includes Sundance Film Festival, Fiji International Jazz & Blues Festival, MAGIC trade show Las Vegas, Street Con Dubai, Valley Fiesta Australia, PBS Oregon Art Beat. Recently MOWO was selected as and Oregon Humanities Conversation Project leader. Additionally MOWO is an Art Ambassador with the RISE UP INTL and the US Embassy.

Stage Shares: Ice Cube, Ghostface Killah, Saul Williams, Talib Kweli, Buddy Wakefield, Patricia Smith, TechNine, Blackalicious, Indigo Girls, Toots and the Maytals, Tricky, Former NAACP President Myrlie Evers-Williams, Oregon Poet Laureate Elizabeth Woody, Pulitzer prize nominee Laila Lalami, Heidi Durrow and Jimmy Santiago Baca.

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Poetry Slam Writing Workshop Taught by MOsley WOtta

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 4–6 pm

Coates Campus Center, Multi-Cultural Center

RSVP 541-383-7559

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Poetry Slam with MC MOsley WOtta

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 6–8 pm

Coates Campus Center, Multi-Cultural Center


Poetry Month 2016 Cake

Book2Eat events are often held in conjunction with International Edible Book Festivals held around the world. For several years, COCC Barber Library's Book2Eat event has featured a creative cake (with a book-ish theme) created by COCC's Culinary Program students. Come eat cake!

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Book2Eat Reception

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 1:30–2:30 pm

Barber Library Rotunda

Elizabeth Woody

Elizabeth Woody

In 2016, Governor Kate Brown named Elizabeth Woody of Warm Springs and Portland to a two-year appointment as Poet Laureate of Oregon. Woody was born on the Navajo Nation reservation in Ganado, Arizona, but has made her home in Oregon for most of her life. An enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, she has published poetry, short fiction and essays, and also is a visual artist. Hand Into Stone, her first book of poetry, received a 1990 American Book Award. In 1994 she published Luminaries of the Humble (University of Arizona Press) and Seven Hands, Seven Hearts (The Eighth Mountain Press).

Woody attended the Institute of American Indian Arits and later earned a bachelor's degree in Humanities with an emphasis in English from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In 2012 she received a Master of Public Administration Degree through the Executive Leadership Institute of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University.

She was a founding board member of Soapstone, Inc., an organization dedicated to supporting women writers. She also was a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, a national organization headquartered in Vancouver, Washington. She served as a program officer for the Meyer Memorial Trust from 2012 to 2015.

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Poetry Workshop Taught by Elizabeth Woody

Friday, April 28, 2017, 6–7 pm

Coates Campus Center 116

RSVP 541-318-3782

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Poetry Reading and Talk by Elizabeth Woody

Friday, April 28, 2017, 7–8:30 pm

Barber Library Rotunda