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 email@example.com.
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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