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A Poet’s Letters: Correspondence from the Lewis & Clark William Stafford Archives

Date: December 10, 2012 Location: Collins Gallery, Mulnomah County Central Library

Collins Gallery, Mulnomah County Central Library

Please join us for an exhibition of Stafford’s correspondence, November 1-December 16 in Multnomah County Central Library’s Collins Gallery. The exhibit draws from some 30,000 original letters housed in the William Stafford Archives at Lewis & Clark College, where Stafford taught for 30 years. The letters illustrate the many facets of a successful and productive writing life. Correspondence on display includes exchanges with editors, trade and fine press publishers, illustrators, academic colleagues, writers of all ages seeking advice, and fellow poets (among them, Marvin Bell, Robert Bly, Gerard Burns, James Dickey, Donald Hall, Lawson Inada, John Haines, Richard Hugo, Ted Kooser, Philip Levine, W.S. Merwin, Naomi Shihab Nye and James Wright).

Opening Reception:
Sunday, November 4, 2:30-4pm

The afternoon of Sunday, November 4, join us for the exhibition, light refreshments, and brief remarks from poet/author Kim Stafford and co-curators Paul Merchant and Jim Carmin. Paul Merchant was (until recently) the William Stafford Archivist at Lewis & Clark College. Jim Carmin is the John Wilson Special Collections Librarian at Multnomah County Library.

For more information, contact Jim Carmin at 503.988.6287 or


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