Sunday January 8th, 2 p.m.
Klamath County Library, 126 S. 3rd St., Klamath Falls, Oregon. Bring a poem of your own to read, or read one of William Stafford’s. Refreshments will be available. Contact: Mary Hope at 541-850-2091 email@example.com or Andy Swanson at 541-882-8894 ext. #10.
Tuesday, January 10th, 7 p.m.
COCC Library, Second Floor Reading Room, Central Oregon Community College, Bend, Oregon. Hosted by Neil Browne and John Martin. Contact: Neil Browne or John Martin.
Wednesday, January 11th, 7:30 p.m.
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. Public participation warmly invited. Bring a Stafford poem, prose passage, or anecdote, and a poem of your own to share if you wish. Contact: Barbara Drake or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, January 12th, 5:30 p.m.
Princeton Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. Hosted by Meredith Martin. Contact: Meredith Martin.
Saturday, January 14th, 2-3:30 p.m. (Mountain Time).
Ontario Community Library, 388 SW 2nd Avenue, Ontario, Oregon. Hosted by Phillip Mahaffey, English Department, Treasure Valley Community College. Contacts: Darlene Johnston and Doreen Jones (Ontario Community Library) 541-889-6371; Phillip Mahaffey 541-881-5912.
Saturday, January 14th, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Molalla Public Library, 201 E. 5th St., Molalla, Oregon, 97038. Hosted by Larry Anderson. Sponsored by the Molalla Writers Group. Featuring Kate Gray, Joseph Quinones, and FWS Board Member Paulann Petersen. The first hour will be a discussion of Stafford poems, stories and experiences. Guests are invited to share related poems, original or not. The second hour will be a visual/verbal exchange, showing Stafford-inspired art and poetry by community members. Artists are invited to use their craft to create an impression of any Stafford Poem of their choosing. Audience participation in any part of the program is strictly voluntary. We expect that many guests will prefer to listen. Contact: Larry Anderson 503-829-8269.
Saturday, January 14th, 2 p.m.
George Fox University, Hoover Hall, 105, 414 N. Meridian Street, Newberg, Oregon 97132. Hosted by George Fox University, Department of Peace & Justice with support from the Friends of William Stafford. Featuring Ursula Le Guin, Eleanor Berry, and FWS Board Members Dennis and Helen Schmidling. Contact: Melanie Newell or George Fox University at 503.554.2685 or Dennis Schmidling. Click here to see the event poster.
Sunday, January 15th, 4 p.m.
Fishtrap House, (Coffin House), Enterprise, Oregon. Hosted by FWS Board Member Rich Wandschneider. Contact: Rich Wandschneider.
Sunday, January 15th, 2 to 4 p.m.
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.
Sunday, January 15th, 2 p.m.
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 at 503-622-1623 or Lindy Delf.
Tuesday, January 17th, 12:15 p.m.
Leland Eggleston Cofer Memorial Chapel of the NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, 525 East 68th Street, New York, NY 10065. Hosted by Joel Nightingale Berning, Chaplain. Midday within a large Manhattan hospital, this celebration is restricted to NYP staff, patients, and their families (for security reasons). Nurses, doctors, housekeepers, social workers, chaplains, security guards, etc. will be welcome to share their favorite poems, relate poetry to their healing work, and maybe discover a poetry community among each other. Contact: Joel Nightingale Berning 212-746-6971.
Tuesday, January 17th, 7-8:30 p.m.
Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street, Newport, Oregon. Co-sponsored by Willamette Writers Coast Chapter. Hosted by Marianne Klekacz. Featuring FWS Board Member Linda Gelbrich. Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite Stafford poems to share. Contact: Marianne Klekacz or Dorothy Mack.
Tuesday, January 17th, 7 p.m.
Village Books, 1200 Eleventh Street, Bellingham, Washington. Hosted by James Bertolino. William Stafford Tribute Event: An Evening of Poetry. Village Books will host a poetry reading celebrating 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 for Traveling Through the Dark, and taught for many years at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. He grew up in Kansas, was a conscientious objector during World War II, and was widely admired for his generosity. Contact: Nan Macy, Village Books or James Bertolino 360-398-7870.
Tuesday, January 17th, 7 p.m.
Hutchinson Art Center, 405 N. Washington, Hutchinson, Kansas. Hosted by the Hutchinson/Reno Arts and Humanities Council. Join us in commemorating the birthday of William Stafford. Gather with other fans to discuss the life and work, and to read the poetry of this Hutchinson native. Contact: Mark
Rassette, Hutchinson/Reno Arts and Humanities Council, 620-662-1280 or by email at email@example.com.
Thursday, January 19th, 7 p.m.
Hannon Library, Meese Meeting Room 309, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Oregon. Hosted by Friends of Hannon Library and Friends of William Stafford. Poets from eighteen to eighty will be featured including Eugene poets Ingrid Wendt and Ralph Salisbury and Rogue Valley poets Kasey Mohammad, Marisa Petersen, Michael Holstein, and Lucia Hadella. Audience members who bring a favorite William Stafford poem will also be invited to read. The program will conclude with a showing of the short film “Every War Has Two Losers” based on Stafford's journals. Contact: Patty Wixon or Ila Haas, 541-552-6835.
Thursday, January 19th, 7 p.m.
Morgan Room of Aiken Hall, Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont. Hosted by Jim Ellefson. Contact: Jim Ellefson.
Thursday, January 19th, 6:30 p.m.
Harney County Library, 80 West D Street (corner of D and Alvord), Burns, Oregon. Hosted by Kate Marsh. Featured readers include several members of the Harney Basin Writers who will read William Stafford's poems followed by some of their own written in his spirit. Other community members will also be sharing favorite Stafford poems, and young students will read poems they've written influenced by their study of Stafford's work. Contact: Kate Marsh 541-573-7204.
Thursday, January 19th, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Herbster Chapel, Heidelberg University, 310 East Market, Tiffin, Ohio 44883. Co-hosted by President Rob Huntington and Professor Bill Reyer. Open to the broader Tiffin and Seneca County community, the event will have a featured student group, a solo interpretive reading, then readings of Stafford pieces by anyone who cares to share. The evening will end with an open microphone for student and area poets to share their own work or work by other poets. Contact: Bill Reyer 419-448-2048.
Thursday, January 19th, 5:30 p.m.
Location TBA, Salem, Oregon. Third Thursday Poets begins its ninth year with a Celebration of All Things Stafford. Please bring 2 or 3 poems or stories or anecdotes or memories or remembrances to share. The work can be by William Stafford or about William Stafford or inspired by William Stafford you get the idea! Contact: Maureen Clifford.
Friday, January 20, 6:00 p.m.
Paulina Springs Books, 252 W. Hood Ave., Sisters, Oregon. Hosted by Paulina Springs Books and Friends of William Stafford. Featuring Jim Anderson, Kit Stafford, Ellen Waterston, and Friends of William Stafford board members Dennis & Helen Schmidling. Contact Helen Schmidling firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 541-549-5992 or 541-549-0866
Saturday, January 21st, 1 4:30 p.m.
Corvallis-Benton County Library, Corvallis, Oregon. Hosted by FWS Board Member Linda Gelbrich. Featured poem: “Climbing Along the River.” The day will begin with a writing workshop with Ann Staley, followed by featured readers including Clem Starck, Roger Weaver, and 3rd grade students from Adams School in Corvallis, followed by audience members reading Bill’s poems or a poem they’ve written in response to the featured poem. Contact: Linda Gelbrich 541-754-7198.
Saturday, January 21st, 2 4 p.m.
Waldport Community Center, 265 Hemlock St., Waldport, Oregon. Starting Here: A Stafford Celebration. Hosted by Drew Myron. Featuring Shirley Plummer, Fred Strauss, Herman Welch, and students from Seashore Family Literacy. Featured writers will read a Stafford poem, as well as one of their own. Audience members are invited to read a favorite Stafford poem. Contact: Drew Myron 541-547-3757.
Sunday, January 22nd, 2 p.m.
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 as well as pieces inspired by this prolific writer. Audience members are invited to share their favorite Stafford poems, stories, and Bill-inspired art work. Hosted by Carolyn Martin. Contact: Carolyn Martin or the Estacada Library at 503-630-8273.
Sunday, January 22nd, 4 p.m.
Salem Friends Meeting House, 490 19th St., SE, Salem, Oregon. Hosted by Janet Markee. Featuring Virginia Corrie-Cozart, Carolyn Miller, and FWS Board Member Linda Gelbrich. Guests are invited to bring a Stafford poem. The program will feature a showing of the Markee & Wixon film “What the River Says.” A potluck dinner will follow the celebration. Contact: Janet Markee.
Monday, January 23rd, 9:45-11:15 a.m.
Northern Nevada Correctional Center, Carson City, Nevada. Facilitated by Shaun Griffin. For twenty-two years, Shaun Griffin has been leading a writing workshop for the inmates in this correctional center. He says, “There will be a handful of us gathered to read and remember Bill on that day. We will read Bill's poems, some of his essays, and remember, through his many words, the depth of his gift to all of us. I always tell my guys at the prison to ‘lower your standards and keep writing...’ after Bill's example.” Contact: Shaun Griffin.
Monday, January 23rd, 7-9 p.m.
Bainbridge Island Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N - Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, 206-842-4162. Tenth Annual William Stafford Birthday Celebration. Hosted by Neil Baker. Featuring Gary Anderson, Jennifer Hager, Marit Saltrones, and David Stallings. Contact: Neil Baker 206-855-1140.
CANCELLED Tuesday, January 24th, 6 p.m. CANCELLED
Albany Public Library, 1390 Waverly Drive S.E., Albany, Oregon. Featuring FWS Board Member Linda Gelbrich. After the featured poets read, members of the audience will be invited to read one of their favorite Stafford poems. Those who would like to participate should bring a copy or one or two favorite Stafford poem. Contact: LaRee Bates 541-791-0112.
Thursday, January 26th, 7:00 p.m.
Eastern Oregon Higher Education Center, Blue Mountain Community College, 980 SE Columbia Drive, Hermiston, Oregon. Hosted by Pam Steele. Contact: Pam Steele 541-571-8722.
Thursday, January 26th, 7 p.m.
Longview Public Library, 1600 Maple, Longview, Washington, 98632. Hosted by Northwest Voices (Lower Columbia College & Longview Public Library). Featuring a reading by Kim Stafford, William Stafford’s son who teaches at Lewis and Clark in Portland. Joe Green will show his and Marquita Green’s prize-winning 2010 broadside of “Meditation” by William Stafford, and will discuss broadsides in general. Some community members will read William Stafford poems, and there will be a short open mike period for the audience to read their own poems or poems by other authors. At the end of the celebration there will be birthday cake. At 3:30-5 pm, a Writers' Workshop at Lower Columbia College (MAN 119) led by Kim Stafford. Contact: Chris Skaugset 360.442.5309 or Charlotte Persons.
Thursday, January 26th, 6 p.m.
Main Library, Lake County Courthouse, 513 Center Street, Lakeview, Oregon. Hosted by writers of the Purple Sage. Contact: Amy Hutchinson.
Friday, January 27th, 7 p.m.
Trude' S. Pozzi Education Center, Sunriver Nature Center, 57245 River Road, Sunriver, Oregon. Hosted by Jay Bowerman. Featuring Kit Stafford and Alexander Weiss. Contact: Jay Bowerman. Directions: http://www.sunrivernaturecenter.org
Saturday, January 28th, 4-6 p.m.
Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St., Eugene, Oregon. Hosted by Ingrid Wendt, Jerry Gatchell, and FWS Board Member Martha Gatchell. "Speaking Truth to Power: The Poetry of William Stafford and the Occupy Movement." Contact: Ingrid Wendt or Tsunami Books 541-345-8986.
Saturday, January 28th, 3 p.m.
Alumni Room, Hokusei Gakuen University (a sister college of Lewis & Clark), Sapporo, Japan. The group will translate some of Bill’s poems into Japanese, so they can read them in both Japanese and English. Contact: Yorifumi Yaguchi.
Saturday, January 28th, 2 p.m.
First Crossing Day Use Area, Los Padres National Forest, Paradise Road, Santa Barbara, California. This site has no address, but is just across the road from: Los Prietos Boys Camp, 3900 Paradise Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. In case of rain, the reading will be moved a mile down the road to: Los Prietos Ranger Station, 3505 Paradise Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Hosted by Paul Willis. Featured readers: Christine Kravetz and Gregory Orfalea. (The Forest Service has waived the requirement of an Adventure Pass for those attending this event.) Program note: This reading will take place on the exact site of the Los Prietos Civilian Public Service Camp where William Stafford was stationed during WWII. Contact: Paul Willis 805-565-7174.
Saturday, January 28th., 4 p.m.
202 E.. Main St. (the Wolf Building), Silverton, Oregon. Hosted by Kelley Morehouse. Ron Stewart will give a small presentation on Stafford's Life and Poetry. Participants are encouraged to bring favorite Stafford poems or art influenced by Stafford poems to share. Contact: Kelley Morehouse 503.873.6582.
Wednesday, February 1st, 7-9 p.m.
St. James-Santiago Episcopal Church, 2490 NE Highway 101, Lincoln City, Oregon. Hosted by John Fiedler, Marshall Jackson and Ron Sears. Featuring a video “William Stafford and Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship.” People may bring one or two Stafford poems to read plus a poem of their own (or other short tribute) in the spirit of William Stafford. Birthday cake will be served following the reading. Contact: John Fiedler, 541-994-8178.
2012 January Stafford Celebrations are also being planned for Glasgow, Scotland, and Lakeview, Oregon.
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