Every January, bookstores, libraries, universities, and literary centers around the world hold celebrations to honor the birthday of Oregon’s late poet laureate, William Stafford. One of the best-known and loved American poets, Stafford served as Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress, received the National Book Award forTraveling Through the Dark, and taught for many years at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. A conscientious objector during World War II, he was widely admired for his generosity.
A number of VoiceCatcher contributors will participate in local events honoring this prolific writer and grand human being. You will find them at the following events:
Tuesday, January 10, 7:30 pm, Annie Bloom’s,7834 Southwest Capitol Highway, Portland. Hosted by Sulima Malzin. Readers include Maura Doherty, Joan Maiers, Carolyn Martin, and Sulima Malzin. For more information contact Sulima at firstname.lastname@example.org or Annie Bloom’s at 503-246-0053.
Wednesday, January 11, 7:30 pm, Austin Reading Room, Nicholson Library, Linfield College, 900 SE Baker Ave, McMinnville, Oregon. Hosted by FWS Board Member Barbara Drake. Featuring Barbara LaMorticella, Michael McDowell, Joanna Rose, Bill Siverly, Mary Slocum, and Mark Thalman.Contact: Barbara Drake email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, January 14, 1:30-3:30 pm, Molalla Public Library, 201 E. 5th St., Molalla, Oregon, 97038. Hosted by Larry Anderson. Sponsored by the Molalla Writers Group. Featuring Kate Gray and FWS Board Member Paulann Petersen. Contact: Larry Anderson, 503-829-8269 email@example.com
Sunday, January 15, 2 pm, Wy’east Book Shoppe & Art Gallery at the Rendezvous Center, 67149 E. Highway 26, Welches, Oregon. Hosted by Josh Baker. Featuring FWS Emeritus Board Member Sharon Wood Wortman. Contact: Sandra Palmer 503-622-1623 or Lindy Delf firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, January 15, 2 to 4 pm, Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, Oregon. Co-hosted by Barbara Young and Althea Hukari. Featuring FWS Board Member Leah Stenson and local poets. Both Stafford and personal poems will be read with time for audience members to read. Contact: Barbara Young, 541-490-1996, email@example.com
Sunday, January 22, 2 pm, Flora Room, Estacada Public Library, 825 NW Wade Street, Estacada, Oregon. Featured presenters will include Stevan Allred, Felix Gurley-Rimberg, M, and Steve Williams. They will read from Stafford’s work and/or work inspired by it. Audience members are invited to share their favorite Stafford poems, stories, or Bill-inspired artwork. Hosted by Carolyn Martin. Contact: Carolyn Martin CarolynMartin62@comcast.net or the Estacada Library 503-630-8273