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1/14/2003 Poetry reading to celebrate work of William Stafford

McMINNVILLE ? A poetry reading celebrating the life and work of William Stafford, Oregon's late poet laureate, will be held Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. in the McMinnville Library Carnegie Room.

Six poets will read a poem by Stafford and one of their own poems written in the spirit of Stafford's work. The readers are Lex Runciman, Ed Higgins, Floyd Skloot, Rachael Burchard, Richard Day-Reynolds and Barbara Drake.

After the poets read, members of the audience will be invited to read one of their favorite Stafford poems.

Stafford was born in Hutchinson, Kan., Jan. 17, 1914. Now one of the country's most celebrated poets, he was a favorite professor at Lewis and Clark College during his 30-year tenure. Known for his encouragement of other writers, Stafford is the author of more than 50 books of poetry and essays and recipient of the National Book Award for "Traveling Through the Dark." He died in August 1993. Other readings will also be held throughout Oregon and Washington, commemorating Stafford's work.

The McMinnville reading is sponsored by the Friends of William Stafford, the Linfield College English Department and the McMinnville Library. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Barbara Drake, 503-662-3373.