William Stafford Centennial – A Poet’s Photographs – Lewis & Clark College

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of William Stafford’s birth, a selective exhibition of the Oregon poet’s archives at Lewis and Clark College’s Watzek Library is not to be missed. In addition to manuscripts, books, and ephemera, “William Stafford at 100” features 180 photographs taken by Stafford, drawn from more than 16,000 negatives, which picture his daily life, friends and family, as well as encounters with other prominent literary figures, from Ted Hughes to Toni Morrison. These images, curated by Portland writer and artist Kirsten Rian, give viewers a different kind of access to the careful observation and perceptive sensitivity that can be found in Stafford’s poetry. It’s not only a chance to remember and celebrate the life-long work of Stafford, who taught at Lewis and Clark for 22 years and received a National Book Award in 1963, but to understand his contribution through the lens of his life.

The library is located at Lewis and Clark College, 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road, Portland, Oregon. Phone for details at 503-768-7000. This show will be on display through August 2014


A photograph of counterculture icon and Oregon author Ken Kesey taken by William Stafford in 1974, which appears in “William Stafford at 100.” Courtesy of the of Estate of William Stafford and Lewis & Clark College Special Collections.