Oregon writers will read a Stafford poem, and one of their own pieces written in the spirit of Stafford's work. Members of the audience are invited to read a favorite Stafford poem or share a personal anecdote about the late Oregon poet laureate. Featured writers: Brian Hanna,
Ruth Harrison, Herman Welch, and Drew Myron.
About William Stafford
William Stafford was one of America's most prolific poets, authoring more than 50 books in his 79 years. He was professor at Lewis and Clark College for 30 years, was appointed Oregon Poet Laureate, and won a National Book Award. He was known for his encouragement of other writers and for his advocacy of free expression in writing and speech.
A pacifist, Stafford was a conscientious objector during World War II. He was confined in Civilian Public Service work camps in Arkansas and California, where he did work for the U.S. Forest Service. For the following fifty years, Stafford included poems of pacifism and reconciliation in his readings.
Stafford believed treasures were to be found beneath your feet, and that searching for things that fit together was to follow the "golden thread." About his own works, he once said, "I have woven a parachute out of everything broken."
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