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Kim Stafford, Brian Doyle honor the late Oregon Poet Laureate on his birthday

Kim StaffordKim Stafford, son of famed Oregon poet William Stafford, will read from his father’s books at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at St. Edward Catholic Church, 10990 N.W. 313th Ave. in North Plains.

The celebration, hosted by the Friends of the North Plains Public Library and the Friends of the Banks Public Library, marks the centennial of Stafford’s birthday.

“We are thrilled to host this special evening,” said Heidi Fuiten, a member of the North Plains Friends and a library staff member. “Events will take place around the state throughout the coming year, but we are lucky enough to have Kim Stafford and Portland writer Brian Doyle on the actual birthday of William Stafford.”

Stafford, who was born in Hutchinson, Kans., Jan. 17, 1914, was a poet, educator and pacifist. His first book of poems, “Travelinag Through the Dark,” won the National Book Award for Poetry in 1963. Stafford authored dozens of books of poetry and prose, and more than 3,000 of his approximately 22,000 poems were published.

Stafford moved to Oregon in 1948 and was named Oregon Poet Laureate in 1975. He taught at Lewis & Clark College in Portland until he retired in 1980.

William Stafford died in Lake Oswego in 1993 at age 79.

The reading is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. To reserve a ticket, call the North Plains Public Library at 503-647-5051.

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