WARM SPRINGS, OR -- Oregon's newest Poet Laureate is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Governor Kate Brown named Elizabeth Woody as the state's eighth poet laureate since 1921. It's a two-year appointment.
The Warm Springs woman was born on the Navajo Nation reservation in Arizona, but has lived in Oregon most of her life. She received a master's degree through the Executive Leadership Institute of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University.
Woody has published poetry, short fiction and essays; she's also a visual artist and a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and Soapstone, Inc., an organization dedicated to supporting women writers.
As Poet Laureate, Woody will encourage literacy and learning, while fostering the art of poetry. She's expected to provide at least six public readings per year, across the state.