Celebrating Stafford the Poet on Oregon Coast
(Waldport, Oregon) – Two towns on the central Oregon coast will celebrate the life of William Stafford, known as Oregon's most famous poet. Waldport shines the spotlight on him on January 12 with “Starting Here: A Stafford Celebration” at the Waldport Community Center, and then on January 15 the Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City hosts yet another celebration.
Stafford was appointed Oregon Poet Laureate in 1975 is considered one of America's most prolific poets, authoring more than 50 books in his 79 years. He was a professor at Lewis and Clark College for 30 years, and also earned a National Book Award. He was known for his encouragement of other writers and for his advocacy of free expression in writing and speech.
At the Waldport Community Center, things get underway at 3 p.m. on January 12.
Oregon writers will read a Stafford poem, as well as one of their own pieces written in the spirit of Stafford's works. In addition, members of the audience are invited to read a favorite Stafford poem or to share a personal anecdote about the late Oregon poet laureate.
That celebrations is free and open to all ages. 265 Hemlock St (on Hwy 34) in Waldport, Oregon.
The January 15 celebration in Lincoln City starts at 6:30 p.m. Driftwood Poets and local Friends of William Stafford will host a reading of the late Oregon poet-laureate’s work. Audience members are encouraged to bring a poem of William Stafford’s to read aloud. Listeners are also welcome. The reading will take place in the Community Room of the library. Refreshments and door prizes will follow.
The annual series of readings are held in January, the month of Stafford’s birth, all over Oregon, the U.S., and internationally. This year the Newport Public Library will host a reading on the same night. See the Friends of William Stafford website (www.williamstafford.org) for a complete list of Stafford Birthday events.
The library is located on the second floor of the city building at 801 SW Hwy 101. Contact Ron Sears at 541-996-1255 or email@example.com for more information.
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