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Three Poets Talk Stafford And Writing


This week, we pay tribute to William Stafford by talking to three poets who know and admire his work.

William Stafford Archives, Lewis & Clark College

William Stafford Archives, Lewis & Clark College



Vincent Wixon was a friend and contemporary of Stafford. He also helped set up the archive where Stafford’s papers now lie, in collaboration with Kim Stafford.

Matthew Dickman‘s latest collection is Maykovsky’s Revolver. He’s the poetry editor of Tin House, and is the recipient of the Honickman First Book Prize and the May Sarton Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He’s hosting a night of readings in tribute to William Stafford in February.

Jennifer Boyden’s latest collection of poems is The Declarable Future. She’s the winner of the PEN Northwest Wilderness Writing Residency Award. She was kind enough to send a reading from the book. It’s an excerpt of her poem, “Which Particle the Particle”.

As Vince Wixon told us, Stafford was a bit uncomfortable with the accolades and scrutiny that came in his later years. He was more interested in poetry and what others were wiring. So we also talk to Jennifer, Matthew, and Vince about their own work.

Here’s a link for finding a Stafford Centennial reading or discussion near you.

Don’t miss Oregon Art Beat’s Stafford special later this month.

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