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Newport: “Writing is Luxury . . . But It Could Save Your Life” with Kim Stafford
February 17, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
“Writing is Luxury . . . But It Could Save Your Life”
Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford will speak on the topic “Writing is Luxury . . . But It Could Save Your Life,” at the Feb. 17 meeting of Willamette Writers’ Coast chapter. The free workshop takes place at the Newport Public Library from 2 to 4 p.m.
Stafford said his talk is inspired by a quote from Oregon writer Gary Miranda, who said, “People who don’t read or write may be spared the inconvenience of thought.” He will dive into that inconvenience by sharing poems, questions, stories, and mysteries related to the practice of writing.
About Kim Stafford
In May 2018, Gov. Kate Brown named Stafford, the founding director of The Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, to a two-year appointment as Poet Laureate of Oregon, succeeding Elizabeth Woody. Over the next two years, Stafford will provide up to 20 public readings per year across the state to inform community, business and state leaders about the value and importance of poetry and creative expression.
Stafford is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft, A Thousand Friends of Rain: New & Selected Poems, and Wind on the Waves: Stories from the Oregon Coast. In 2016, the 30th anniversary edition of his collection of essays, Having Everything Right, came out from Pharos Editions. He has taught writing in dozens of schools and community centers, and in Scotland, Italy, and Bhutan.
Stafford’s most recent book, 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do, is an account of his brother’s death by suicide, and the struggle of a family to understand and live beyond that event. It is a story where “the writer reaches back through the difficult end to grasp the beautiful beginning, like pulling a venomous serpent inside out,” he said.