Oregon Poet Laureate Reading

7 p.m. in the Sanctuary

As part of the Cloisters Literary Arts program, Westminster is pleased to welcome Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford to speak in our sanctuary on Friday, March 8, at 7 p.m. He will read from his works, and a question and answer session will follow.

Kim Stafford was named the ninth Poet Laureate of Oregon by Governor Kate Brown last May. The website of the Oregon Cultural Trust explains that the Oregon Poet Laureate “fosters the art of poetry, encourages literacy and learning, addresses central issues relating to humanities and heritage, and reflects on public life in Oregon.”

Kim Stafford is an excellent choice for this position. In addition to being the author of multiple books of poetry and prose, he is an associate professor and the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, where he has taught for 40 years. His experience and accolades include a Ph.D. in medieval literature, creative writing fellowships, arts awards, and writing workshops offered internationally. He is the son of William Stafford, a previous poet laureate to Oregon and to the U.S., who also taught at Lewis & Clark.

The Reverend Laurie Newman had the opportunity to take a continuing education class with him through Lewis & Clark. She shared how impressed she has been by him—“not only his ability as a poet, but his superb ability as a teacher to listen and bring about productive editing in a very positive way. Kim’s listening and appreciation of words and people made it a very helpful class. I was thrilled when he was chosen as poet laureate because his poetry is so varied—both personal and global, and very insightful.”

We hope Kim will feel at home speaking at Westminster. He grew up in the Presbyterian church, attending Lake Grove Presbyterian; in fact, Laurie knew his youth minister! Please join us in welcoming Kim by attending this free event. If you have any question, please contact Laurie at lnewman@westprespdx.org.

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