Centennial Event – Portland, OR

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October 17, 2014
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Cedar Mill Library
12505 NW Cornell Rd.
Portland, Oregon

Open to the Public: Yes
Admission: No
Event Host(s): Laura Baca
Featured Guest(s): Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita

Event Site Contact Info:
Name: Laura Baca
Phone: 503-644-0043 x131
Email: laurab@wccls.org

Every War Has Two Losers

Please join us for a free screening of the short film Every War Has Two Losers followed by a presentation by Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita Paulann Petersen.

Why do we believe war is inevitable? Can you win a war? When does a war end? Does it ever? These are questions William Stafford began writing about when he was confined to civilian service camps for four years during World War II. A lifetime conscientious objector, much of the writing and activism of this Oregon Poet Laureate focused on the potential for reconciliation as an alternative to choosing war. Based on Stafford’s journals, film producer Haydn Reiss confronts collective beliefs surrounding war in Every War Has Two Losers.

Joining Stafford (as voiced by Peter Coyote) are noted activists and literary voices Alice Walker, W.S. Merwin, Maxine Kong Kingston, Robert Bly, Coleman Barks, Michael Meade, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Kim Stafford. Together they embark with Stafford on a search for a wiser and less violent world. A trailer for the film can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVjLXLFOpAU.

Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita, has six full-length books of poetry, most recently Understory, from Lost Horse Press in 2013. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Poetry, The New Republic, Prairie Schooner, Willow Springs, Calyx, and the Internet’s Poetry Daily.  She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and the recipient of the 2006 Holbrook Award from Oregon Literary Arts.  As Oregon’s 6th Poet Laureate, she traveled over 27,000 miles within Oregon, visiting all of its 36 counties to give workshops, readings, and presentations at schools, libraries, and community centers.