ALWAYS Free Admission
Hours: Tues - Fri 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The First Draft Writers’ Series brings authors and poets of note to the Pendleton stage to share new work. On the third Thursday of each month people who love the written word gather at the PCA’s Pearson Auditorium to hear our featured authors as well as three to five minute open mic readings by local emerging writers.
This month’s featured writer:
Past featured writers:
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
January Joe Wilkins
February Scot Siegel and Kristen Berger
April Tiffany Midge and Xavier Cavanos
January Tom Madden and Nancy Knowles
February Brittney Corrigan
July Pepper Trail
August Oregon Poet Laureate Elizebeth Woody
September We take a break for Round Up
November Shann Ray Ferch
January David Axelrod and David Memmott
February Jennifer Boyden and Scott Elliott
March Robert Stubblefield
April Alice Derry, Katharine Whitcomb and Christianne Balk
May Kathleen Flenniken
June Penelope Scambly Schott
July Kirsten Rian
August Brian Doyle
September Round Up Break
October Rob Whitbeck
November Alex Kuo
December Pamela Reese
July Lawson Inada
August Michael Spring
October Elizabeth Enslin
November Ellen Waterston
December Jennifer Karson-Engum and Bobbie Conner
May Molly Gloss
June Ingrid Wendt, Ralph Salisbury
July Charles Goodrich
August Naseem Rakha
September East/West Poets: Maralee Gerke,
Bette Husted, Jack Lorts, Thomas Madden, Erik Muller,
October Ursula Le Guin with Richard Dorband
November Craig Lesley
December Karen Spears Zacharias
You can hear recordings of past events at the East Oregonian’s website.
The event is free to the public thanks to generous support from Oregon Humanities, as well as from local sponsors and regional foundations. Our founding sponsors include Jan and Tom Groat, Delores and Steve Bjerke, and Barbara and Dale Brandt.
“Truly, [First Draft] was one of the best adventures of my writing career, right up there with winning the PNBA awards and being interviewed by Studs Turkel.” - Craig Lesley
Elizabeth A. 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 discretionary 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 multi-disciplinary 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.
"Her poems are like hands and hearts and also like lights: they grip and pulse and illuminate. Like the woman herself, the work is grand and modest and forceful. It will shake you, and move you deeply...."-The Bloomsbury Review
"Woody follows in the tradition of peoples who have understood the power of language, and the place of a poet/singer/storyteller at the center of the world."- Joy Harjo
Left: Molly Gloss at the inaugural meeting of FDWS. Above: Ursula K. LeGuin and Richard Dorband discuss the writing life.
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