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Celebrating Poet William Stafford

April is poetry month

April is poetry month!

Poets and poetry lovers of all ages are invited to share in an afternoon of open-microphone poetry reading in remembrance of Oregon poet and pacifist, William Stafford, (1914-1993) at the White Salmon Valley Community Library on Saturday, April 24, at 2 p.m.

The public is invited to bring an original work and/or share one of your favorite poems by William Stafford, or just join others and special guest, Dorothy Stafford, for what Stafford called "comfortable cordiality" and enjoy listening to area poets. Stafford was known as a caring teacher, a poet of peace, and an observer of nature.

Stafford remains Oregon's most famous poet. Known for his encouragement of students and 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, and Poet Laureate of Oregon, 1975-1993 among other honors.

Stafford was a political activist and a conscientious objector, working in civilian public service camps during World War II. He later became a well loved professor at Lewis and Clark College in Portland.

In an online interview he explained,"I keep following this hidden river of my life...I inhale and exhale. I experience, write poems."

The afternoon event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the White Salmon Valley Community Library, and The Friends of William Stafford (FWS) and will take place in the Sprint/Baker Gallery of the library.

Refreshments will be provided.

For more information call the library, 493-1132.

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