William Stafford Birthday Celebration

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

On Tuesday, January 16 at 7pm the Lake Oswego Public Library and the Friends of William Stafford present an evening of poetry in honor of William Stafford.

William Stafford was born in Kansas in 1914, and later moved to Oregon where he taught English literature at Lewis and Clark College. Stafford published numerous volumes of poetry and prose during his lifetime including Traveling Through the Dark, for which he won the National Book Award in 1963.

The evening will be hosted by poet Tim Barnes and the featured readers will be poets Andrea Hollander and Don Colburn.

Andrea Hollander moved to Portland, Oregon, in 2011, after many years in the Arkansas Ozark Mountains, where she ran a bed & breakfast for 15 years and served as the Writer-in-Residence at Lyon College for 22. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies, college textbooks, and literary journals. Hollander’s 5th full-length poetry collection will be released by Autumn House in September 2018. Her 4th was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award; her 1st won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Among her many other honors are the 2017 Vern Rutsala Award, a 2013 Oregon Literary Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes (in poetry and literary nonfiction) and two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts. In Portland she has taught workshops for both The Attic Institute and Mountain Writers Series; presently she holds writing seminars in her home. Her website is www.andreahollander.net.

Don Colburn came to poetry late, and unexpectedly, in the middle of a long career as a newspaper reporter. He worked for The Washington Post and The Oregonian, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. He did not start writing poems until he was nearly 40 years old, around the time he met William Stafford. His poems have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, and he has published four poetry collections, most recently a chapbook called Tomorrow Too: The Brenda Monologues, based on a story he first told in The Oregonian, about a young woman facing breast cancer while pregnant. His first chapbook, Another Way to Begin, won the Finishing Line Press Poetry Prize, and his full-length book, As If Gravity Were a Theory, won the Cider Press Review Book Award. He is a graduate of Amherst College and has an MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. His many writing honors include the Discovery/The Nation Award, residencies at The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and three Pushcart Prize nominations. He was for many years a board member of Friends of William Stafford.

The library is located at 706 Fourth Street, Lake Oswego. For more information, contact Alicia Yokoyama at 503-534-4228 or ayokoyama@ci.oswego.or.us.