The Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic will feature Judy Rowe Michaels and Elizabeth Woody on June 11 at Stonehenge Studios, 3508 SW Corbett Avenue, Portland 97239 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, the Studio Series is held monthly on second Sundays. For additional information, please contact Leah Stenson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Judy Rowe Michaels, a poet for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and for over twenty years poet-in-residence at Princeton Day School, has published three poetry collections—The Forest of Wild Hands (University Press of Florida), Reviewing the Skull (WordTech Editions), and the chapbook Ghost Notes (Finishing Line Press)—and three books on teaching creative writing, most recently Catching Tigers in Red Weather (National Council of Teachers of English Press). She gives presentations and workshops in poetry around the country. A MacDowell Colony Fellow, Michaels has also held two poetry fellowships from the State Arts Council of New Jersey, received two Pushcart Prize nominations, and in 2015 won the New Jersey Poets Prize. She is a founding member of the poetry critique and performance group, Cool Women. A six-time cancer survivor, she gives talks on ovarian cancer for Survivors Teaching Students, a program in over one hundred medical schools throughout the country. She lives on a ridge in the Sourland Mountains of New Jersey and spends three months at her family cabin in Maine.
Elizabeth Woody is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon, of Yakama Nation descent, and is “born for” the Tódích’íinii (Bitter Water clan) of the Navajo Nation. Her paternal grandfather’s clan is Mą’ii deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass – Jemez clan). She received the American Book Award in 1990, and the William Stafford Memorial Award for Poetry and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards in 1995. Elizabeth has published three books of poetry. She also writes short fiction, essays, and is a visual artist.
She earned a Master of Public Administration degree through the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government’s Executive Leadership Institute of Portland State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from The Evergreen State College and studied Creative Writing and Two-Dimensional Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She has taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts and at Portland State University. Elizabeth is alumna of the first Kellogg Foundation’s Fellowship through AIO’s Ambassadors program. She leads writing workshops, lectures and has served on multidisciplinary art fellowship jury panels for several foundations and arts organizations nationally. Elizabeth Woody is presently on the Board of Directors of Soapstone: Celebrating Women Writers, and Willamette University Advisory Council for Native Programs located in Salem, Oregon.