Poetry

WoodyFest is proud to work with the Woody Guthrie Poets Coordinating Committee in conjunction with our festival each year!

At the root of every song and the backbone of the impressive catalogue of literary works that Woody created during his life, is a collection of words written from the heart. WoodyFest is once again pleased to present a roster of talented poets to share their work throughout this years event. Each year, the WoodyFest poets aim to memorialize in poetry the history and culture of working people and perpetuate the ideals, goals of equality for the working class, and themes that Woody Guthrie espoused and promoted in his art.

In conjunction with the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma, July 11-15, 2018, the Woody Guthrie Poetry Group (Woody Poets) who have read poetry as part of the celebration since 2005, will again perform on Friday, July 13, in Oklahoma City, on Saturday, July 14 in Okemah, and on Sunday afternoon, July 15 at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa. No anthology will be published this year, but copies of the 2017 anthology, Aint Gonna Be Treated This Way (Village Books Press), will be available for purchase at the readings, as well as at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Friday, July 13, 7 pm

Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO) Gallery
706 W. Sheridan Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Hosts: Jessica Isaacs, Dragon Poet Review and Terri Cummings, Oklahoma Voices

Poets:
Ron Wallace
Darrell Dionne
Alice Byrd
Julie Chappell
Sandra Soli
John Graves Morris
Molly Sizer
Rachael Ikins
James Coburn
Daryl Halencak
MistyRose
Janice Francis-Smith
Paul Juhasz
Hank Jones
JC “Catfish” Mahan
Ken Hada
Terri Cummings

Saturday, July 14, 10:30 am

Methodist Church
202 N. 3rd St.
Okemah, OK 74859

Hosts: Dorothy Alexander, Village Books Press, Jessica Isaacs, Dragon Poet Review, and Branwyn Holroyd
Musical Accompaniment: Radoslav Lorković

Poets:
Dorothy Alexander
Todd Fuller
Quinn Carver Johnson
John Yozzo
Catherine Katey Johnson
Jason McPhail
Tina Baker
Sharon Edge Martin
Vivian Nida
Bill McCloud
Richard Dixon
Patsy Asuncion
Branwyn Holroyd
Sly Alley

Sunday, July 15, 2 pm

Woody Guthrie Center
102 E. Mathew B. Brady St.
Tulsa, OK 74103

Host: Jessica Isaacs, Dragon Poet Review

Poets:
Julia McConnell
Robin Wheeler
Rockford Johnson
Larry Griffin
Carl Wade Thompson
Jack Hays
Angela Hooper
EA Kelley
Mark Maxey
Ricco Wright
Yvonne Carpenter
Margaret Dornaus
Ann Weisman
Paul Austin