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Remembering William Stafford

White Salmon Libary will be the site of this one-day 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 Sunday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. in the White Salmon Valley Community Library's.

The public is invited to bring an original work, share a favorite poems by William Stafford, or just join in 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.

Attendees will be joined by special guest, Dorothy Stafford, who will share with us a few of her memories of William.

Stafford was recipient of the National Book Award, 1963; 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 and the Columbia River Fellowship for Peace. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call the library (509) 493-1132.

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