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September 26, 1994
Consultant in Poetry William Stafford Honored in a Special Program at Library of Congress
On Thursday, October 13, at 6:45 p.m., a program entitled "'The Whole Wide World Pours Down': William Stafford Remembered" will honor the 1970-71 Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, who died in August 1993. The program will be held in the Mumford Room, 6th Floor, James Madison Memorial Building. Tickets are not required. Mr. Stafford's daughters Kit and Barbara and several of his friends will read from his writings and reflect on his influence. Readers will include Ann Darr, Toi Derricotte, Roland Flint, Nancy Galbraith, Roderick Jellema, Greg Orfala, Linda Pastan, Myra Sklarew, Henry Taylor, and Reed Whittemore (1964-65 Consultant in Poetry). The evening is presented under the auspices of the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Poetry and Literature Fund.
William Stafford was born in Hutchinson, Kansas. He was Poet Laureate of Oregon, a National Book Award winner, and the author of 35 books of poetry and criticism. He studied at the University of Kansas and the University of Iowa, where he received his Ph.D. During his school years, he worked as a laborer in sugar beet fields, on construction jobs, and in an oil refinery. During World War II he worked in Forest Service and Soil Conservation camps as a conscientious objector, and later with the Brethren Service Commission and Church World Service. He taught at several colleges and universities, in 1948 joining the faculty of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where he was professor emeritus of English when he died.
Mr. Stafford's collections of poetry include Stories That Could Be True (1977), Smoke's Way (1978), Passwords (1980), Sometimes Like a Legend (1981), A Glass Face in the Rain (1982), An Oregon Message (1987), and My Name Is William Tell (1992). Among his other works are two books about writing, Writing the Australian Crawl (1978) and You Must Review Your Life (1986), and an account of his service as a conscientious objector in World War II, Down in My Heart (1985).
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