Featuring poets Elizabeth Woody, Joe Wilkins, and A. Molotkov. Hosted by the Springfield Library Foundation, this event is free and open to the public. Library’s contact information: 541-726-3766. wheremindsgrow.org.
Elizabeth Woody was named to a two-year appointment as Oregon’s eighth poet laureate by Governor Kate Brown on April 26, 2016. An enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon, of Yakama Nation decent, Woody has taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts and Portland State University. She has published three books of poetry: Hand into Stone (1988), Luminaries of the Humble (1994), and Seven Hands, Seven Hearts (1994). She also writes short fiction, essays, and is a visual artist.
Woody received the American Book Award in 1990 and the William Stafford Memorial Award for Poetry in 1995. She leads writing workshops and lectures and has served on multi-disciplinary art fellowship jury panels for several foundations and arts organizations nationally.
Joe Wilkins is the author of the award-winning memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing up on the Big Dry, and three full-length collections of poems, Notes from the Journey Westward Killing the Murnion Dogs, and When We Were Birds, part of the Miller Williams Poetry Prize Series edited by Billy Collins and is now a finalist for the 2017 Oregon Book Award. A Pushcart Prize winner, Wilkins has published essays, stories, and poems in The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, The Sun, Orion, and Slate, among many other venues. His work has been anthologized in The Best American Magazine Writing, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and Best New Poets. Wilkins lives in McMinnville where he teaches writing at Linfield College.
Born in Russia, A. Molotkov moved to the U.S. in 1990 and switched to writing in English in 1993. His poetry collection, The Catalog of Broken Things, is just out from Airlie Press. “The Endless Moon,” an essay interpreting his experiences in the Soviet Military in the late 80s, was published by The Kenyon Review Online, and a short story was in a recent Iowa Review. The editors of Massachusetts Review chose to conclude their latest issue with Molotkov’s sci-fi poem, “The Persistence of Music.” His other work was published by Cincinnati Review, Atlanta Review, Tampa Review, Raleigh Review, New Orleans Review, Cider Press Review, Pif, Ruminate, 2 River, among other literary journals. Molotkov is the winner of various fiction and poetry contests and a 2015 Oregon Literary Fellowship.