William Stafford was an extremely prolific writer, authoring 67 volumes in his 79 years. His first book of poetry, West of Your City, was published in 1960 when he was 46 years old. By 1963 he had won the National Book Award for Traveling Through the Dark. He went on to win the Shelley Award from the Poetry Society of America, served as the Poetry Consultant for the Library of Congress (1970-71) and was appointed Oregon Poet Laureate in 1975 by Governer Tom McCall. As an enormously admired writer, he traveled thousands of miles each year to give readings and to encourage aspiring poets throughout the United States, Egypt, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran, Germany, Austria, Poland and many other countries.

He died in his home in Lake Oswego, Oregon, in August of 1993.

In addition to the links on this page, more information about the life and work of William Stafford by writing to the William Stafford Literary Archives, P.O. Box 80595, Portland, OR 97280-1595. .

Listen and watch William Stafford reading and talking about his work. Audio and video clips enrich what you experience from his life, poetry and teachings.


Selected Stafford Poems
Published Broadsides
William Stafford Archives
Video Clip