By NR Staff • 

Stafford memorial reading slated

Stafford fans will read poetry and discuss the Oregon Poet Laureate’s legacy, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library. Admission is free.

Stafford, one of Oregon’s most famous authors, taught at Lewis & Clark College for 30 years. He wrote more than 50 books prior to his death in 1993.

Winner of a National Book Award, he is remembered not only for his writing, but also for his encouragement of other writers and his advocacy for freedom of expression in writing and speech. 

Each year, Friends of William Stafford commemorates the author’s birthday by sponsoring poetry readings and presentations in various parts of the country, particularly the Northwest where he was best known. At each event, participants present Stafford’s work and their own pieces written in the spirit of Stafford.

Linfield’s Stafford event will be hosted by Barbara Drake, professor emeritus of English and a published author. Also reading from his work will be Tim Applegate, Steve Long, Lex Runciman, Noel Hanlon and several Linfield students.

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

The Friends of William Stafford is a nonprofit poetry-advocacy organization supporting ongoing education in literature, particularly poetry. The Linfield reading is co-sponsored by the Friends of Nicholson Library and the Linfield English Department.

For more information, e-mail or call 503-883-2517.

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