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Celebrating the life and life lessons of Oregon Writer William Stafford

William Stafford Oregon Poet Laureate

William Stafford
Oregon Poet Laureate
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William Stafford Celebration

On January 19, from 2:00 -4:00 p.m., Willamette Writers will remember and celebrate Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford. The event will begin with a viewing of the film Every War Has Two Losers. Following the film, local poet Cynthia Jacobi will facilitate a reading of some of Stafford’s poems. All in attendance are invited to share their favorite Stafford poems, or bring their own work, written in the Stafford spirit. The event takes place in the Newport Public Library’s McEntee meeting room.

January is the 100th anniversary of Stafford’s birth. He was Oregon’s Poet Laureate for fifteen years. He won the National Book Award for Poetry with Traveling Though the Dark. Another of his books, a prose memoir titled Down In My Heart, was chosen for Newport Reads in 2011.

Every War Has Two Losers is the story of how William Stafford answered the call to war. Stafford, a registered pacifist, refused to fight in World War Two and served four years in camps for conscientious objectors.

William Stafford 100th Birthday celebrations will take place throughout the year and around the world. Events are planned from the Oregon Coast, across the US, and on to Japan and Sweden.

Willamette Writers is the largest writers’ organization in Oregon and one of the largest writers’ organizations in the United States. The group’s goal is to provide and encourage a creative environment and support system for current and aspiring writers. Since its beginning in 1965, Willamette Writers has provided meeting places for the exchange of ideas and information and has initiated programs designed to help writers increase skills related to the craft of writing. In 2014, Coast Chapter meeting dates will typically be the third Sunday of each month at 2:00. For more information call Theresa Wisner at 541-270-3870. Information is also available at http://willamettewriters.com/coast/

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