May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Literary Arts – Words That Burn – Portland, OR

Words that Burn is a dramatization of the WWII experiences of William Stafford, Lawson Inada, and Guy Gabaldon in their own words. The performance interweaves the stories of these three men who were involved in very different ways during WW II. William Stafford served as a Conscientious Objector doing alternative service, Lawson Inada, and his family were held in a Japanese internment camp. Guy Gabaldón, the third voice in this play, served in the marines where he saved many lives because he knew Japanese. 

This dramatic work juxtaposes the history and perspectives of these World War II figures through a blend of poetry and  prose written in their own words. Words That Burn by Cindy Williams Gutiérrez was the 2017 winner of the Oregon Book Award in drama.

This event is FREE to the public. 

 

 
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Apr
19
6:30 PM18:30

Grass Roots Books & Music – Corvallis, Oregon

A reading honoring William Stafford and Peter Sears

Featured readers include - Charles Goodrich, Carol Hottle, Ann Staley, and Doug Stone.   Eleanor Berry will emcee. Following the featured readers - an open mic - to read a favorite poem by Bill or Peter or one of your own in the spirit of one honored poets.

We hope to see you there and to hear one of your favorite poems by Bill Stafford or Peter Sears. This event is FREE to the public. For more information contact Linda Gelbrich via email.

 
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Apr
15
2:30 PM14:30

Multnomah Central Library – National Poetry Month – Portland, OR

Spiritual Friends: The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy

In celebration of National Poetry Month, three Portland poets — John Brehm, Andrea Hollander and Paulann Petersen — will give a reading from The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy, edited by Brehm, and published by Wisdom Press.

The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy offers a wide-ranging collection of 129 ancient and modern poems unlike any other anthology on bookshelves today. It uniquely places Buddhist poets like Han Shan, Tu Fu, Saigyo, Ryokan, Basho, Issa and others alongside modern Western poets one would not expect to find in such a collection — poets like Wallace Stevens, William Stafford, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, Philip Larkin, Frank O'Hara, Denise Levertov, Yusef Komunyakaa, Billy Collins and more. What these poems have in common, no matter whether they are explicitly Buddhist, is that all reflect the essential truths the Buddha articulated 2,500 years ago.

“In his clear and elegant introduction, John Brehm writes that he hopes these poems will come to be spiritual friends — and that seems to me a wonderful way to meet them... Each time you read one of these poems, a path opens to seeing more precisely, feeling more deeply.” —Ellen Bass

This event is open to the public on a first come - first serve basis. It will be held in the U.S. Bank Room at the Central Library.

 
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Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Francis Parker School – National Poetry Month – Chicago, IL

Naomi Shihab Nye, National Advisor to the Friends of William Stafford, to be featured at the 5th Annual National Poetry Month presentation by the Jeanne Harris Hansell Endowed Fund for Poetry.

The Parker community and public at large are welcome to join us for a reading with award-winning Palestinian-American poet, writer, anthologist and educator Naomi Shihab Nye, followed by a Q&A.

Nye describes herself as a “wandering poet.” She has spent 40 years traveling the country and the world, leading writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem and San Antonio. Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas and her experiences traveling in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico and the Middle East, Nye uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity. She also is a strong believer in the power place in poetry, as a way to convey a sense of history and cultural heritage; a value she shares with William Stafford and other contemporary poets.

The event is free to the public on a first come first serve basis. 

 
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Feb
26
6:00 PM18:00

Frank Manor House – Lewis & Clark College – Portland, OR

An Evening of Poetry with Paul Merchant: National Advisor to the Friends of William Stafford

Paul Merchant was born in Wales and taught for many years at Warwick University. Since 1988 he has lived in Oregon, where he was Director of the William Stafford Archives in Watzek Library at Lewis & Clark College. His volumes from Five Seasons Press include Bone from a Stag’s Heart (1988 Poetry Book Society Recommendation), Some Business of Affinity (2006 Oregon Book Award finalist), and Bread & Caviar (2016). His translations from Greek, Modern Greek, Latin and Welsh have been published by Five Seasons, Trask House and Tavern Books. 

This event is free to the public and will be held in the Frank Manor House, which is adjacent to the Watzek Library on the Lewis & Clark College campus.

 
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Jan
27
2:00 PM14:00

Hokusai University – William Stafford Celebration – Sapporo, Japan

Hokusai University will host its tenth annual William Stafford Birthday Celebration, honoring his life, work and legacy. For more information about this gathering, contact Keiko Shimada, Ph.D. at Faculty of Humanities, Hokusai Gakuen University. Her phone number is +81-11-891-2731, Extension 1509, or email her at k-shimada@hokusei.ac.jp.

 
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Los Prietos – William Stafford Celebration – Santa Barbara, CA
Jan
27
2:00 PM14:00

Los Prietos – William Stafford Celebration – Santa Barbara, CA

January 27, 2018 will be our 12 celebration at the Los Prietos camp site where William Stafford served as a conscious objector during WWII. Featured readers will be Peg Quinn and Michael McLaughlin. 

The reading takes place in an outdoor picnic area at 2:00 pm on the last Saturday of January. There are always a couple of featured readers, but anyone in attendance is also welcome to read a Stafford poem aloud.

The First Crossing Day Use Area does not have an address, but it is almost directly across the road from the Los Prietos Boys Camp, 3900 Paradise Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. (In case of rain, meet a mile down the road at the Los Prietos Ranger Station, 3505 Paradise Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.)

In 2012, with the permission of the United States Forest Service, the following interpretive display was erected on the site:

 
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Jan
22
to Feb 26

Lewis & Clark College – Creative Writing Course – Portland, OR

Daily Writing in the Spirit of William Stafford:
Writing Witness for a Better Nation (online)

Northwest Writing Institute
Monday, January 22-February 26, 2018
All Day – Online

In the news, we are subject to daily assaults on our sense of decency, inclusion, and honesty—so why not talk back to that darkness by writing some form of local witness daily?

Based on the 50-year daily writing practice and peace testimony of poet William Stafford, this online course will offer resources from the William Stafford Archives, and writing prompts for daily writing practice.

Writers in the class will work with fellow writers in posting and offering supportive response to one piece of writing each week. For writers who want to establish a daily practice, and teachers hungry for writing prompts in poetry and prose.

The class will begin with an online orientation session January 22 to confirm everyone can engage the online environment.

Northwest Writing Institute (NWI) classes are offered to teachers, counselors, parents, veterans, and all community members interested in the power of stories to help us understand and practice human connections for the good of all. 

For more information about this course Click here

 
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Jan
21
3:00 PM15:00

Stickmen Brewery – William Stafford Celebration – Lake Oswego, OR

The Peregrine Literary Series will hold an open mike in the spirit of William Stafford on January 21, Sunday afternoon at 3 pm.  We will be celebrating Mr Stafford's birthday so bring and read a favorite poem written by or about William Stafford.

The event will be hosted by Joan Maiers and is free and open to the public. However, donations of cash or canned goods will be collected for the local Food Bank. The venue is family-friendly and accessible and will take place at the Stickmen Brewery at 40 N. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR.

Please email Joan Maiers at jmaiers@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

 
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Jan
17
5:00 PM17:00

Trail's End Bookstore – Stafford Birthday Celebration, Winthrop, WA

The Confluence Poets present the Second-Annual William Stafford Birthday Reading on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 5-6:30 pm at Trail’s End Bookstore in Winthrop.  Featured readers include Alana Blusol, Christine Kendall, Kelleigh McMillan, Danica Ready, Julianne Seeman, Julie Tate-Libby, along with Liberty Bell High School students Lazo Gitchos, Kyleen Romero, and Leo Shaw, and host Cindy Williams Gutiérrez.  The featured readers will read one Stafford poem and a poem of their own that resonates with the Stafford poem.  Following the featured readers, audience members will then be invited to share their favorite Stafford poem or a personal story about William Stafford.  Please join us in this communal tribute to poet William Stafford remembered for his wisdom and his love of the Methow Valley.  Bring your favorite Stafford poem or tale to share! It is a great way for us to share what would have been his 104th birthday.

 
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Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

Lake Oswego Library – William Stafford Celebration – Lake Oswego. OR

On Tuesday, January 16 at 7pm the Lake Oswego Public Library and the Friends of William Stafford present an evening of poetry in honor of William Stafford. Tim Barnes, board member and Journal Editor for the Friends of William Stafford will host the event. Featured readers will include Don Colburn, a successful news journalist and author of three books of poetry. Also featured is Andrea Hollander, author of several poetry collections, recipient of two fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, and served for 12 years as writer-in-residence at Lyons College in Arkansas. She is now a resident of Lake Oswego.

William Stafford was born in Kansas in 1914, and later moved to Oregon where he taught English literature at Lewis and Clark College. Stafford published numerous volumes of poetry and prose during his lifetime including Traveling Through the Dark, for which he won the National Book Award in 1963.

The library is located at 706 Fourth Street, Lake Oswego. For more information, contact Alicia Yokoyama at 503-534-4228 or ayokoyama@ci.oswego.or.us.

 

 
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Jan
13
2:30 PM14:30

Mt. Angel Bookstore – William Stafford Celebration – Mt. Angel, OR

A Light in Dark Times: Poems of Peace and Affirmation

 Mt. Angel Bookstore

Mt. Angel Bookstore

The Silverton Poetry Association Presents a celebration to honor the life and work of William Stafford. At this year's annual event we will focus on William Stafford's writings to sustain the spirit in time of great challenges to the human condition. The program will include poems and prose selections and a short video. This is an OPEN MIC event and the audience will be invited to read a favorite Stafford prom and comment on its personal significance. Please join us for a very special celebration of Stafford's rich literary legacy. This event is open to the public but donations will be accepted. For more information visit our website at www.silvertonpoetry.net or call us at 503-269-7895.

 
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Jan
13
2:00 PM14:00

Ledding Library – William Stafford Celebration – Milwaukie, OR

The Ledding Library and Milwaukie Poetry Series Committee are delighted to sponsor a William Stafford Birthday Celebration at the Pond House.

These celebrations will be held during January in Oregon and the nation in honor of poet William Stafford who taught for many years at Lewis and Clark College and was Oregon Poet Laureate from 1975 through 1989.

Our Milwaukie event will be hosted by Greg Chiamov and Tom Hogan.. Our Featured Readers this year will be Don Colburn, Dan Hobbs, Susanna Lundgren, Ron Rasch, Sue Reese, Joseph A. Soldati and Emmett Wheatfall.  They will be reading some of Stafford's work as well as their own.

 In addition to the Featured Readers, there will also be an Open Mic. Please join the event and bring a poem honoring William Stafford! It's open to all and there will be an opportunity for everyone who wants to share a poem. You can sign up ahead of time or just come along to the event. There will be poems available to read if you did not bring one and light refreshments will be served.

For information and to sign up for this event, please contact Tom Hogan at 503-819-8367 or tomhogan2@comcast.net or Greg Chiamov at gchaimov@comcast.net. Or, you can also call the library directly at 503-786-7580.

 
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Jan
13
9:30 AM09:30

Mellwood Arts – Poetry Workshop – Louisville, KY

Traveling Through the Dark: A Poetry Workshop

Louisville Literary Arts, with Kentucky Poet Laureate, Frederick Smock, presents this generative workshop – beginning with some remarks about our origins with poetry as children – will explore how to generate new, free verse poems by looking to various sources of inspiration: nature, our personal pasts. We will follow writing prompts with conversations about how William Stafford generated work. Students need bring only writing paper, pencils, and a sense of curiosity and wonder.

 
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Jan
11
7:00 PM19:00

Hannon Library – 21st William Stafford Celebration – Ashland, OR

This event is held every year to commemorate the birthday of the late Oregon Poet Laureate, William Stafford. A prolific writer, Stafford’s work is often associated with inspirations from nature, family, and the poet’s pacifist views as a conscientious objector during World War II.

As part of the Friends of Hannon Library Speaker Series, this event is free and open to the public. Attendees can get free campus parking for this event by visiting any campus parking meter and using this code: FHL0111

If you need disability accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Disability Resources at (541) 552-6213. For more information, contact Hannon Library Administration at libraryevents@sou.edu or (541) 552-6816.

 
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