Oregon’s poet laureate, Elizabeth Woody, will give a free reading in Cannon Beach, Friday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. at Tolovana Hall.
Besides reading, Woody will dive into her process, provide context and background on her poems, and also hold a question and answer session. As such, aspiring writers are especially encouraged to attend.
Woody got her start in academia. She studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Evergreen College and Portland State University.v Over the course of her two-year term she hopes to visit the more far flung pockets of the state, bypassing populations centers like Portland that she feels are well served by the arts. In the early 2000s, Woody was part of the group that revived the state’s poet laureate position, which had laid dormant for decades. She remembers some of the criteria the group set for the perspective poets.