By News-Register staff • 

Linfield plans Stafford reading

This is the 100th anniversary of Stafford’s birth. It has been named the official Oregon Reads Stafford year by the Oregon Library Association, which celebrates his encouragement of other writers and advocacy for freedom of expression.

Stafford, who died in 1993, taught at Lewis & Clark College for 30 years. He wrote more than 50 books and won a National Book Award.

The Linfield reading will be hosted by Barbara Drake, Linfield professor of English emeritus.

Featured readers include Linfield professors Lex Runciman, Anna Keesey and Joe Wilkins and Newberg author Lisa Ohlen Harris. Participating Linfield students include sophomores Angelia Saplan and Gemma Jackson, junior Laura Gorman and seniors Kyra Rickards and Andrea Snyder.

Members of the audience may bring a Stafford poem or prose passage, an anecdote or an original poem to share.

The Linfield reading is part of a program organized by the Friends of William Stafford, a nonprofit poetry advocacy organization that works to commemorate the author’s birthday each year and advance education in local communities. FWS sponsors multiple poetry readings and presentations throughout Oregon, Washington and other regions.

The reading is being co-sponsored by the Friends of Nicholson Library, the Linfield English Department and McMinnville Public Library. For more information, contact librarian Susan Barnes Whyte at or 503-883-2517.

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