Birthday Celebration – Lake Oswego, OR

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January 19, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Lake Oswego Public Library
706 Fourth Street
Lake Oswego, OR

Open to the Public: Yes
Admission: No
Event Host(s): Lake Oswego Library and the Friends of William Stafford
Featured Guest(s): Oregon's Sixth Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen and Lewid and Clark Professor Kim Stafford

Event Site Contact Info:
Name: Alicia Yokoyama
Phone: 503-534-4228

The Lake Oswego Public Library and the Friends of William Stafford present an evening of poetry in honor of William Stafford. Featuring former Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Peterson and writer and Professor Kim Stafford.

Oregon’s sixth Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen has six full-length books of poetry, most recently Understory from Lost Horse Press. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and received the 2006 Holbrook Award from Oregon Literary Arts. She serves on the board of Friends of William Stafford, organizing the January Stafford Birthday Events.

Kim Stafford has taught since 1979 at Lewis & Clark College, where he is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute and co-director of the Documentary Studies Program. He also serves as the literary executor for the estate of William Stafford.

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.