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Celebrate William Staffords birthday

Events planned to celebrate Oregons poet laureate


During the month of January, the Friends of William Stafford, Oregon’s beloved poet laureate, organize readings of his work throughout Oregon and the world.

Stafford was born in Kansas in 1914. He moved to Oregon in 1948 to teach at Lewis & Clark College. His first major collection of poems, “Traveling Through the Dark,” was published when Stafford was 48 and won the National Book Award in 1963. From 1970 to 1971, Stafford was Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Stafford published numerous volumes of poetry and prose during his lifetime and won numerous awards.

Local celebration readings are planned at various locations on these dates:

n Jan. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. ­— West Linn Public Library, 1595 Burns St. Hosted by David Hedges. This reading features Tiel Aisha Ansari, Linda Appel, Jean Bennett, Rachel Pass, Scottie Sterrett, Marilyn torsen, Virginia Euwer Wolff and FWS board member Nancy Winklesky. For details of the event, contact Rebecca Mayer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Cheryl Hill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or David Hedegs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

n Jan. 15, 7 p.m. — Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth St. Hosted by FWS board member Bill Howe. A celebration of William Stafford’s birthday, his legacy and the vibrancy of the arts in Oregon, featuring readings by Stafford’s widow, Dorothy Stafford; daughter, Barbara Stafford-Wilson; friend and Oregon’s current Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen; and his archivist, Paul Merchant.

Contact Alicia Yokoyama at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Bill Howe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-348-0779.

n Jan. 16, 7 p.m. — Miracle Theater/El Centro Milagro, 525 SE Stark St., Portland. The third William Stafford birthday reading sponsored by Los Portenos, Portland’s Latino writers’ group, hosted by Cindy Williams Gutierrez. Featuring Frank Delgado, Catherine Evleshin, Joann Farias, Joaquin Lopez, Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas, Emma Oliver, Olga Sanchez, Juan Antonio Trujillo and FWS board member Susan Reese. Members will read their original poems and prose written in response to a William Stafford poem.

Audience members are invited to bring a favorite Stafford poem to share.

Contact Cindy Williams Gutierrez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

n Jan. 16, 6 to 8 p.m. — Literary arts room, Roger Rook Hall, RR220 Clackamas Community College, 19600 S. Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Hosted by Elizabeth Miles and Trista Cornelius, Third Monday Authors’ Evening Group and CCC. Featuring Carl Clapp, Ryan Davis, Kate Gray, Rose Lefebvre, Sue Mach, Jeff McAlpine and FWS board member Nancy Winklesky. Refreshments will be served.

People may share one or two poems by Stafford, a poem of their own in the tradition of Stafford or an anecdote or remembrance of him.

For information and to sign up for the event, contact Trista Cornelius at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Elisabeth Miles at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

n Jan. 17, 7 p.m. — Oregon City Library, 606 John Adams St. Hosted by Christine Delea. Featuring Lyssa Tall Anolik, Karen Bracher, Cindy Williams Gutierrez, Diane Holland, David Rutiezer, Laura Weeks and FWS board member Nancy Winklesky.

Contact library director Maureen Cole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-657-8269 ext. 1010.

n Jan. 20, 6:30 p.m. — Moonstruck Chocolate Café, 45 S. State St., Lake Oswego. Brian Doyle, David Hedges and Joan Maiers will read their poetry from the anthology “Home Address” in honor of William Stafford. Hosted by Joan Maiers. Featuring FWS board member Patricia Carver.

Bring a Stafford story or poem written by William Stafford to share.

Contact Joan Maiers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Moonstruck Chocolate Café at 503-697-7097.

n Jan. 26, 3 p.m. — Holy Names Heritage Center, 17425 Holy Names Drive, Lake Oswego. Hosted by Joan Maiers. Featuring FWS board member Patricia Carver, the event will include several students and faculty members at Marylhurst University reading their works. Bring a Stafford story or poem written by William Stafford to share.

Contact Joan Maiers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Holy Names Heritage Center at 503-607-0595.




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