Library to host free virtual program with Oregon Poet Laureate

Community members are invited to join Anis Mojgani for a virtual poetry performance and Q&A

Community members are invited to join Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani and Josephine Community Library for Something About Poetry, a virtual poetry reading session with time for questions from the audience on Saturday, February 20 from 1 to 2 pm.

Registration is required and questions for the Oregon Poet Laureate must be submitted ahead of time. To sign up, anyone interested in attending should email or call 541-476-0571 to receive the Zoom link to participate. To submit a question for the Q&A session, email

The Oregon Poet Laureate fosters the art of poetry, encourages literacy and learning, addresses central issues relating to humanities and heritage, and reflects on public life in Oregon.

Anis Mojgani is the current Poet Laureate of Oregon. A two-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, he has been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Caldera, AIR Serenbe, The Bloedel Nature Reserve, The Sou’wester, and the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools program. Mojgani has done commissions for the Getty Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum, and his work has appeared on HBO, National Public Radio, and as part of the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day series; and in the pages of the NYTimes, Rattle, Platypus, Winter Tangerine, Forklift Ohio, and Bat City Review.

Known for his performances and well regarded for them the world over, Mojgani has performed at hundreds of universities across the United States and festivals around the globe. The author of five books of poetry and the libretto for Sanctuaries, his first children’s book is forthcoming from Chronicle Books. Originally from New Orleans, Anis currently lives in Portland Oregon.