STAFFORD CELEBRATION AT DRIFTWOOD

Starts:Tuesday, January 15, 2013  6:30 PMEnds:Tuesday, January 15, 2013  7:30 PM
Cost:

Free

Location:

Driftwood Public Library

801 SW Hwy 101 #201 Lincoln City, OR 97367

Event Description:

The Driftwood Public Library, in association with Driftwood Poets and local Friends of William Stafford, will host a reading of the late Oregon poet-laureate's work at the library. Audience members are encouraged to bring a poem of William Stafford's to read aloud. Listeners are also welcome. The reading will take place in the Community Room of the library. Refreshments and door prizes will follow.

William Stafford (1914-1993) was a prolific poet and committed pacifist who spent his working life in Oregon after a Kansas boyhood. He called his plain-spoken poetry the record of a person thinking. He was well-known in poetry circles for his encouragement of aspiring writers, sometimes advising them to "lower your standards and keep writing." He became Oregon's poet laureate in 1975.

The annual series of readings are held in January, the month of Stafford's birth, all over Oregon, the U.S., and internationally. This year the Newport Public Library will host a reading on the same night. See the Friends of William Stafford website (www.williamstafford.org) for a complete list of Stafford Birthday events.

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