celebrating Stafford…

January 19, 2012

William StaffordEvery January, on or about the birthday of William Stafford (January 17), the poet’s fans gather for readings to commemorate his life and work. (Please note: the William Stafford Tribute planned for January 17 at Village Books in Bellingham, Washington, which was cancelled due to snow, has been rescheduled for Sunday, January 22, 2012, at 2:00pm.)

An exceedingly prolific poet, Stafford (1914 – 1993) was born in Kansas, but settled in Oregon in his 30s and lived there for the rest of his life. His poetry and prose is published in more than 65 of his own books and in innumerable collections and journals. He served as the U.S. Poet Laureate and earned many impressive awards and honors.

Dennis Schmidling, of Friends of William Stafford, is urging the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee of the U.S. Postal Service to “honor William Stafford’s life and work by issuing a commemorative stamp in 2014, the centennial year of his birth.” To learn more, view Schmidling’s letter here (PDF, Adobe Reader required). To endorse the idea of a William Stafford commemorative stamp, send a letter (by U.S. mail only!) to Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, c/o Stamp Development, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300, Washington, D.C. 20260-3501.

Meanwhile, there’s the Village Books reading on Sunday as well as others throughout the northwest and beyond.
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