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Attend an evening of poetry honoring William Stafford

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - A special reading of William Staffords poems will be held at the Lake Oswego Public Library on June 18. The Friends of William Stafford and the Lake Oswego Public Library will present an evening of poetry honoring William Stafford on June 18 at 7 p.m.

Carolyne Wright and Penelope Scambly Schott will read poems and Tim Barnes will serve as emcee for the event.

Wright has published nine books of poetry, four volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali and a collection of essays. She is a Seattle native and has studied with Elizabeth Bishop, Madeline DeFrees, Richard Hugo and William Stafford, among others. She is a visiting writer at colleges and universities, schools and conferences around the country.

Schott is the author of a novel, six chapbooks and nine full-length books of poetry. Her verse biography, “A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth,” received the 2008 Oregon Book Award for Poetry. Schott lives in Portland and teaches an annual poetry workshop in Dufur.

Barnes taught 25 years in the English department at Portland Community College. His latest book of poems is “Definitions for a Lost Language.” He co-edited “Wood Works: The Life and Writings of Charles Erskine Scott Wood” and now edits the Friends of William Stafford newsletter. He is currently collaborating with artist Angelina Marino-Heidel on a children’s book using Stafford’s Bigfoot poem, “Everyone Out Here Knows,” to be published this fall by Arnica Creative Services. He first met Stafford when he was a graduate student at Portland State University.

Stafford was an American poet and pacifist. He was appointed the 20th Consultant to Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1970 and was named Oregon Poet Laureaute in 1975.

He taught at Lewis & Clark College. Together with his wife, Dorothy, they raised their family in Lake Oswego. Son Kim Stafford is a poet and essayist and serves as literary executor of his father’s estate.

The Friends of William Stafford was founded in Lake Oswego with a mission of providing ongoing education in literature, particularly in poetry, in a way that will encourage and enrich a broad community of readers and writers.

In the spirit of Stafford’s gifts as a teacher, the group is devoted to the free expression of literature and conscience and seeks ways to share his work and advance the spirit of his teaching and literary witness.




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