Poetry reading honors Stafford


by: Submitted Photo - Former Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford.

   A poetry reading commemorating William Stafford's birthday will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22, in the Rodriguez Annex of the Jefferson County Library.
   William Stafford (1914 to 1993) was Oregon's Poet Laureate for many years, and one of America's most revered poets.
   He taught at Lewis and Clark College and lived in Lake Oswego and Sisters. A portion of a video profile of the poet will be shown to introduce him.
   This program, sponsored by the Friends of William Stafford and the Jefferson County Library, features readings by local and visiting writers, including Rob Whitbeck, Maralee Gerke, Jack Lorts, Travis Larimer, Paula Lowden, Jarold Ramsey and others. The poets will read a poem by William Stafford and then offer something of their own.
   Members of the audience will then be invited to join in by reading a poem of their choice "as the spirit moves."