by: SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Haymon used William Staffords poems as a model for her early poems. She will discuss his influence and illustrate by reading several of those poems at the Lake Oswego library at 7 p.m. Feb. 25.

Interesting events are planned through the end of the month for the Lake Oswego Reads program.

In addition to the events listed below be sure to visit the art exhibits inspired by William Stafford’s works.

This piece was inspired by William Stafford poems and is on display at Graham's Book and Stationery during February. This piece is by Bill Bailey.This piece was also inspired by Stafford poetry and is on display at Graham's.

At Graham’s Book Store, 460 Second St., view art by local professional artists. Chrisman Picture Frame and Gallery, 480 Second St., is exhibiting art by local high school art students. Antiphony/Epiphany: Visual Responses to William Stafford is on exhibit at 510 Museum and ARTspace, 510 First St., and a quilt and fiber art exhibit is on display at the Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth St.

Also on exhibit at the library are also photographs taken by Stafford from the William Stafford Archives at Lewis & Clark College.

Be sure to bring your LO Reads passport to the Ava Leavell Haymon event Feb. 25 at the library. Those with at least three stamps from attending LO Reads events will be entered into a drawing for a framed print of a William Stafford photograph. To learn more, visit

Feb. 20

Poetry Slam, 3:30 p.m., at Lake Oswego High School’s Blackbox Theater, 2501 Country Club Road. At this noncompetitive performance, students from LOHS and Lakeridge will recite their favorite Stafford poems. In addition, LOHS Performance Seminar class students will present a show they have written inspired by Stafford’s writings.

Feb. 21

William Stafford discussion group #3, 1 p.m. at the Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course restaurant, 17525 Stafford Road.

Feb. 22

Stafford Exhibit Tour with Doug Erickson, 10 a.m., Aubrey R. Watzek Library Atrium, Lewis & Clark College. Erickson, head of the Lewis & Clark’s Special Collections, archivist and director of Oregon Poetic Voices, will lead guided introduction to the William Stafford Archives. The collection, donated to the college by the Stafford family in 2008, contains private papers, publications, photographs, recordings and teaching materials of Stafford. Admission is free but registration is required. Contact Cyndie Glazer at 503-675-2538 to register. Lewis & Clark is located at 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road in Portland.

Feb. 25

Stafford Literary Landmark Plaque Dedication, 6:30 p.m. The American Library Association has selected the Lake Oswego Public Library as a Literary Landmark honoring William Stafford. Event takes place at the library.

Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Haymon, 7 p.m. at the library. Haymon has published several poetry collections and William Stafford was a model for her early poems. She will discuss Stafford’s influence and illustrate by reading several of those poems.

Feb. 26

William Stafford Discussion group No. 4, 7 p.m. at the library.

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