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Remembering William Stafford

Poets, poetry lovers invited to weekend event

Poets and poetry lovers of all ages are invited to share in an afternoon open microphone poetry reading in remembrance of Oregon poet William Stafford (1914-1993) on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. in the White Salmon Valley Community Library's Sprint/Baker Gallery.

The public is invited to bring an original work, share a favorite poem by William Stafford, or just join others and enjoy listening to local and regional writers.

Poems or short prose pieces are welcome featuring Stafford's favorite themes of pacifism, nature and nature's teaching power, or another of Stafford's themes.

Stafford is Oregon's most famous poet and currently one of America's most celebrated poets. Known for his encouragement of other writers, Stafford is the author of more than 50 books of poetry and essays. He was the recipient of the National Book Award for "Traveling Through the Dark" (1962); poetry consultant to the Library of Congress, 1970; Poet Laureate of Oregon, 1975-1993; and other honors.

Stafford was a political activist and a conscientious objector, working in civilian public service camps during World War II.

The afternoon event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the White Salmon Valley Community Library, the Columbia River Fellowship for Peace and The Friends of William Stafford (FWS).

Refreshments will be provided.

This year, according to FWS events director Paulann Petersen, there will be at least 35 readings and a symposium in Oregon and Washington.

The Stafford Symposium, directed by Paul Merchant at the NW Writing Institute, will be held Jan. 17 at Lewis & Clark College (503-768-6160).

For more information about this and other library programs and services, call the library (509) 493-1132 or check out the library's website


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