poetry

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It only took a few thousand years, but Oregon has its first official Native American Poet Laureate. 

Elizabeth Woody was named Oregon Poet Laureate by Governor Kate Brown last year. 

Woody is member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, a writer in several genres and a visual artist as well. 

She visits Ashland for a speaking engagement (May 11), and drops by the studio for a visit. 

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You have to be a VERY good poet for your work to still be revered hundreds of years after you die. 

Even Shakespeare's work has not been esteemed as long as the work of the Persian poet generally known as Rumi.  He died in the 13th century, but his work is still held in high regard today. 

In fact, several days of Rumi events are planned for this week in the Ashland area.  Andrew Harvey will participate, reading and exploring the poet's work. 

Southern Oregon Stars Of "Poetry Out Loud"

Mar 17, 2016
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Speaking to an audience: check.  Speaking to an audience without notes: uhh, check.  Speaking to an audience without notes and in verse: okay, this is where we lose most people. 

But this is the essence of the Poetry Out Loud competition for high school students across the country. 

Oregon's winner came from the Portland area, but he got stiff competition from Southern Oregon.  Chad Moncus, Olivia Frakes, and Sadie Swartout, all from the Medford area, all took part. 

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Open wide and get ready to take a bite of a "poetry sandwich." 

Rogue Valley resident Daniel Sperry is both poet and cellist, and he combines his skills by alternating spoken word with music.  Voila: Poetry Sandwich. 

The 102nd birthday of the late Oregon poet William Stafford will be observed tonight (Jan. 21) at Southern Oregon University's Hannon Library, and guess what's on the menu? 

Poet Kwame Dawes Visits Southern Oregon

Oct 16, 2015
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It's not every day you meet a poet who has won an Emmy Award, but you start today. 

Kwame Dawes is a poet, yes, but also a writer of novels and nonfiction works, including a book analyzing the lyrics of the late reggae musician Bob Marley. 

Dawes is Ghanaian by birth, but raised in Jamaica, and in Ashland at the invitation of Chautauqua Poets & Writers. 

He drops by the studio to talk about his body of work.

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California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera joined us on the Jefferson Exchange on Wednesday morning, October 16 (full audio here).

And when we asked him to share some of his work, he delivered a new poem, just written this morning on hotel stationery in Ashland.

Chautauqua Poets and Writers

Both of our states can boast of official Poet Laureates, and today we meet with California's. 

Juan Felipe Herrera is a prolific poet, a professor at the University of California-Riverside, and the winner of several awards for his work.