Library to host free program with local poets

Community members are invited to join Lisa Baldwin and Diana Coogle for a poetry workshop

The community is invited to a free poetry program called “Something About Poetry: A Community of Poets” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 in the Ben Bones meeting room at the Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Library, 200 NW C Street.

Local poet, author, and professor, Diana Coogle, will share a selection of her work and choice bits about her writing process and poetic philosophy. The reading will be followed by a brief Q & A session facilitated by Applegate Poets past-president Lisa Baldwin, then an open mic for community poetry sharing.

Space is limited and registration is required for this in-person program. To register, email or call 541-476-0571. To learn more about library programs, visit

Lisa E Baldwin, a fifth-generation native Oregonian, works as a poet and freelance writer, an editor and publisher, a teacher, literary consultant, and poetry evangelist. Her poetry has been published in the Jefferson Journal, Crosswinds Poetry Journal, The Applegater, Grants Pass Daily Courier, several issues of Verseweavers, the Encore Prize Poems 2020 and 2018, and several regional anthologies. In April 2021, Baldwin launched N8tive Run Press and published her first book of poetry, Truths and Consequences.

Originally from Georgia, Diana Coogle has lived on the same mountainside in the Applegate since 1974. She was a Marshall Scholar at Cambridge University, earned a   Ph. D. at the age of 68, and taught at Rogue Community College, University of Oregon, and Gothenburg University, Sweden. Her first compilation of public radio commentaries, Fire from the Dragon’s Tongue, was an Oregon Book Award finalist. She published a book of poems, From Friend to Wife to Widow: Six Brief Years, in 2020.

A Community of Poets is part of the Everyday Civics program: Simple steps to a stronger community. Learn more at