Featured Poet

Elizabeth Woody

Elizabeth Woody (Navajo/Warm Springs/Wasco/Yakama) has published poetry, short fiction, essays, and is a visual artist. Her first collection of poetry, Hand Into Stone, received a 1990 American Book Award. Her second and third collections of writing were published in 1994, Luminaries of the Humble, by the University of Arizona Press, and Seven Hands, Seven Hearts, Prose and Poetry by the Eighth Mountain Press. Ms. Woody is formerly the Director of Indigenous Leadership program at the non-profit environmental organization, Ecotrust of Portland, Or, and presently works as K-12 Program Coordinator for Science and Technology Center CMOP of Beaverton, OR. She is born for Tódích'íinii (Bitter Water clan) and her birthplace is Ganado, Arizona. 

Elizabeth is a recipient of the William Stafford Memorial Award for Poetry from the Pacific North West Bookseller's Association in 1995, a finalist in the poetry category for the Oregon Book Awards for 1994, and is an alumna of the first Kellog Foundation's Fellowship through the AIO Ambassadors program. Woody recieved the J.T. Stewart Fellowship from Hedgebrook (given to women whose writing reflects commitment to transformational work). Elizabeth Woody has taught writing workshops, and has lectured throughout the country. From 1994-1996, Woody was a professor of creative writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM.

As an artist, Ms. Woody exhibits regionally and nationally. Woody has also served as a juror for the Oregon Folklife program for three years, and has served on multi-disciplinary art fellowship jury panels for several arts organizations in the Pacific Northwest and nationally. To see a complete listing of publications and exhibitions, please visit: www.nativewiki.org/Elizabeth_Woody.   




poems by Elizabeth Woody

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"We each carry lines of poetry with us. Words that others have written float back to us and stay with us, indelibly. We clutch these "life lines" like totems, repeat them as mantras, and summon them for comfort and laughter."

-Academy of American Poets