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Oregon Reads 2014: Remembering Stafford at the state library


Oregon residents are invited to participate in Oregon Reads 2014 at the Oregon State Library on the capitol mall in Salem.

Oregon Reads is a statewide celebration of the literary life of William Stafford, Oregon’s most celebrated poet. Stafford lived in Lake Oswego and was on the faculty at Lewis & Clark College. Visit a new exhibit titled “Remembering William Stafford,” honoring the centennial of the birth of the former Oregon Poet Laureate, who was born Jan. 17, 1914 and died Aug. 28, 1993.

The exhibit features photographs of the poet loaned by Mike Markee and Vince Wixon, hand-printed broadsides of Stafford’s poems and a selection of poetry books authored by Stafford.

This exhibit will be on display all year in the second floor lobby of the Oregon State Library, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Read poetry by and books about William Stafford from the Oregon Poetry Collection.

The OPC, a joint project of the Oregon State Library and Oregon Poetry Association, is a growing collection of books by poets who lived, worked, were educated or born in Oregon. The collection currently has more than 1,600 titles, including more than 50 titles by William Stafford.

All Oregon residents may check out these and other books from the reference room on the second floor of the State Library. Attend a lecture about William Stafford presented by his son, Kim Stafford, at noon April 16, in room 102/103 at the State Library.

Stafford, a writing professor at Lewis & Clark College and founder of the Northwest Writing Institute, will weave in his own poetry and writing as he talks about his father’s life and work.