William Stafford Memorial Poetry Reading

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Starts:Tuesday, January 15, 2013  7:00 PMEnds:Tuesday, January 15, 2013  9:00 PM



Newport Public Library

35 NW. Nye St

Newport, OR 97365

Event Description:

Willamette Writers Coast Branch invites all to a William Stafford Memorial Poetry Reading on Tuesday, January 15 at 7pm at the Newport Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. The event begins with a 20-minute video of Oregon's most famous Poet Laureate himself. Next, guest poets Linnea Harper and Dan Stein will read their favorite Stafford poems, followed by others reading their favorites. All are welcome; if you would like to participate, please bring a copy of one of your favorite Stafford poems, after which Linnea, Dan and any one else will share one of their own poems. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of William Stafford. For further information, contact Dorothy Mack at 765-2383 or email dmack@centurytel.net.

William Stafford was born on January 17, 1914. A favorite professor at Lewis and Clark College, where he taught for 30 years, he remains one of America's most celebrated poets. Known for his encouragement of other writers and for his advocacy of free expression in writing and speech, and for peace, Stafford is the author of more than fifty books and a recipient of the National Book Award. He died in August 1993.

The Friends of William Stafford is a non-profit poetry-advocacy organization that, by keeping alive Stafford's gift as a teacher devoted to all types of free expression, provides ongoing education in literature, particularly in poetry, in ways that will encourage and broaden the community of readers and writers. FWS also supports and helps to underwrite a variety of literary projects and events open to the public.

For its commitment to promote the reading, writing, and enjoyment of all literature, FWS received from the International Society of Philosophical Enquiry the 2001 Whiting Memorial Award for public service to the arts.

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