Poetry is an oral tradition. Reading gives you part of the story. Going out to hear poetry or read your poem in public gives you a new voice and rhythm to what you might hear reading a printed page.
William Stafford was Paper Gardens First Judge:
In 1992 when poet and playwright Rachel C Burchard talked the Arts Alliance of Yamhill County into sponsoring the contest, she maintained that the Judge of the Paper Gardens Writing Contest should be a published writer with some stature and credibility. She followed through with action. The first person she asked was Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford to be the Judge of the first Paper Gardens for 1993. He agreed and gave his time and energy to judging a new untested writing contest for children and adults in our small rural Yamhill County. That first contest was completed in the Spring of 1993. William Stafford died in August of that year.
Stafford Centennial Poetry Reading
at Nicholson Library, Linfield College:
The legacy and memory of William Stafford endures. Stafford was born 1914 and 2014 has been named Oregon Reads Stafford Year by the Oregon Library Association. Every year there have been Stafford birthday celebrations in January. This year because of the Centennial there are many events in Oregon and Washington. Linfield College Nicholson Library will host the annual Stafford poetry reading on Monday, January 13th at 7:30 PM.
Professor emeritus and former Paper Gardens judge, Barbara Drake will host the Linfield reading. There will be featured readers; Lex Runciman, Anna Keesy, Joe Wilkins, and Lisa Ohlen Harris. Participating Linfield students will read. The audience may share a favorite Stafford poem and one of their own. Professor of English and poet Lex Runciman is also a past Paper Garden Judge.
The poetry advocacy group Friends of William Stafford help organize the reading programs around Oregon and the Region. The Linfield reading is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Nicholson Library, the Linfield English Department, and the McMinnville Public Library.
William Stafford Centennial Poetry Reading,
Nicholson Library, Linfield College,
Monday, January 13th at 7:30 PM.
Meadowlake Studios who do local arts and culture video productions and who have filmed prior William Stafford birthday celebration poetry readings at the Nicholson, indicate they have permission to film the event again this year. Poetry readings will air on McMinnville Community Media, the local cable TV station and be posted on the internet.
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