Public reading to honor William Stafford.Byline: The Register-Guard
"Poems We Turn To: A Community Reading in Honor of Poet William Stafford William Edgar Stafford (January 17, 1914 – August 28, 1993) was an American poet and pacifist, and the father of poet and essayist Kim Stafford. He and his writings are sometimes identified with the Pacific Northwest. " will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at Unity of the Valley Church, corner of Dillard Road and Hilyard Street.
Audience members are invited to bring and to read either a favorite Stafford poem or another poem that moves them deeply, offers solace and comfort, gives courage, or reaffirms values and beliefs - poems to remember and to share in turbulent times such as those following the attacks of Sept. 11 and the war in Afghanistan.
The late William Stafford was a teacher, pacifist and National Book Award winner. He was Oregon's poet laureate.
Although there is no admission charge, donations will be accepted to benefit the Eugene-Springfield chapter of First Book. First Book is a national nonprofit organization Nonprofit Organization
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Examples of non-profit organizations are charities, hospitals and schools. with a single mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books.
Last year, First Book distributed more than 4 million books to hundreds of thousands of children in more than 290 communities.
Thursday night's reading is sponsored by the Lane Literary Guild, Unity of the Valley Church, the Eugene-Springfield chapter of First Book, seven local independent booksellers - Black Sun Books, Book Mark, Foolscap fools·cap
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2. A fool's cap. Books, J. Michael's Books, Mother Kali's Books, Tsunami Books and the University of Oregon The University of Oregon is a public university located in Eugene, Oregon. The university was founded in 1876, graduating its first class two years later. The University of Oregon is one of 60 members of the Association of American Universities. Bookstore - and The Friends of William Stafford.
The Friends are a nonprofit organization that provides ongoing education in literature, particularly in poetry, in ways that are designed to encourage and broaden the community of readers and writers.
Stafford (1914-1993), a conscientious objector conscientious objector, person who, on the grounds of conscience, resists the authority of the state to compel military service. Such resistance, emerging in time of war, may be based on membership in a pacifistic religious sect, such as the Society of Friends , spent the war years from 1942 to 1946 in the work camps of Arkansas and California, fighting forest fires, building trails and roads, and halting soil erosion. After graduate school at the University of Iowa Not to be confused with Iowa State University.
The first faculty offered instruction at the University in March 1855 to students in the Old Mechanics Building, situated where Seashore Hall is now. In September 1855, the student body numbered 124, of which, 41 were women. , he taught until his retirement at Lewis and Clark College in Portland.
Stafford authored 35 books of poems and gave hundreds of poetry readings and workshops in colleges and universities, community centers and libraries throughout the United States and abroad. He served as poetry consultant for the Library of Congress and, among his many honors, received the Shelley Award from the Poetry Society of America The Poetry Society of America is a literary organization founded in 1910 by poets including Witter Bynner. Past members of the Society have included such renowned writers as Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Marianne Moore, and Wallace Stevens. .