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Photo by Tania Savayan/The Journal News

When Woody Guthrie was hospitalized with Huntington's disease, he created a company to administer his catalog and handle his business affairs. Initially, the administrators included Harold Leventhal and Pete and Toshi Seeger. Presently, Woody Guthrie Publications is administered by Woody Guthrie's daughter Nora Guthrie and granddaughter, Anna Canoni.


Photo by: Robin Carson
Photo by: Robin Carson

WOODY GUTHRIE was born on July 14th, 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma. Over the decades, his songs have run around the world like a fast train on a well-oiled track. They've become the folk song standards of the nation, known and performed in many languages throughout the world. He wrote over 3,000 songs in his lifetime. Pastures of Plenty, Pretty Boy FloydTom Joad, So Long It’s Been Good To Know Yuh, I Ain’t Got No HomeHard Travelin'DeporteeOklahoma Hills, This Train Is Bound For Glory, Union Maid, Jesus Christ, Do Re Mi, Roll On ColumbiaVigilante Man, The Great Dust Storm, Dust Bowl Refugee and This Land Is Your Land are among the hundreds by Woody that have become staples in the canon of American music.

  • U.S. Department of the Interior, Conservation Service Award 1966
  • The National Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee 1970
  • The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee 1977
  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee 1988
  • The North American Folk Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award 1996
  • National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award 1999
  • The Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee 2006
  • The Songwriters Hall of Fame Pioneer Award 2012

NORA GUTHRIE / President

Photo by: Tina Tschirch
Photo by: Tina Tschirch

NORA GUTHRIE, the youngest child of Woody & Marjorie Guthrie, is the President of Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. She served as president of the Woody Guthrie Foundation for over 30 years, founded the Woody Guthrie Archive in 1992, and co-founded the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, OK in 2013. Working with her father’s archive, Nora has given unprecedented access and visibility to his creative works through new recordings, publications, films, and exhibitions. She is the executive producer of numerous GRAMMY award winning albums, recording hundreds of her father’s previously unknown lyrics set to music by contemporary musicians.

Since Woody’s passing in 1967, Marjorie, and now Nora, have consistently reminded us that Woody’s work is enlightening, inspiring, and edifying - spotlighting Woody Guthrie as a significant guiding voice and citizen of the world.

Click here to read her complete Bio and listing of projects she's worked on for the over 23 years managing her father's legacy.

ANNA CANONI / Vice-President

Photo by: Tina Tschirch
Photo by: Tina Tschirch

ANNA CANONI, has worked at Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. for over two decades and has worked side-by-side with her mother Nora, on every major tribute to Woody Guthrie since the 1996 Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame Hard Travelin' tribute. Anna has worked on recent publications including; Woody Guthrie ArtWorks, My Name Is New York, House of Earth, Woody Guthrie's Wardy Forty, and Woody Guthrie Songs and Art - Words and Wisdom. Anna worked on the 2012 centennial celebrations for Woody Guthrie; including concerts, educational symposiums, and exhibits that followed Woody's footsteps around the country and from California to the New York Island, culminating at the Kennedy Center.

In 2021, Anna was part of the curatorial team for the Woody Guthrie People Are The Song exhibition that opened at The Moran Library and Museum, NYC and at the Woody Guthrie Center, Tulsa, OK. Most recently Anna worked on the Dropkick Murphys 2022 and 2023 albums, This Machine Still Kills Fascists and Okemah Rising.

(914) 241-3844 ACanoni@woodyguthrie.org


If you are interested in using Woody Guthrie's works (lyrics, quotes, artwork, etc.) in a publication, please email us at Publisher@woodyguthrie.org and include in your email a list of the Woody Guthrie materials that you are interested in licensing. We'll be happy to get back to you detailing the steps involved. Thank you for your interest in Woody Guthrie!

If you are interested in licensing a song for publication, recording, performance, or other, please contact the publisher.

Questions? Contact Anna Canoni at: ACanoni@woodyguthrie.org

All works by Woody Guthrie are held under U.S. Copyright Law.


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Smithsonian Folkways Records
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Woody Guthrie Center
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102 East Reconciliation Way
Tulsa, OK 74103
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Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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