Pictured above, left to right, are the 2008 finalists for the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry :
Judith Barrington, for Postcards from the Bottom of the Sea. Judith says her favorite place to write is “the Sterling Writers’ Room at the downtown branch of Multnomah County Library. I have written a good part of several books in there, and it works its magic as soon as I sit down at one of the four desks.” Some of her favorite poets are Mimi Khalvati, Adrienne Rich, Seamus Heaney, and Maxine Kumin.
Penelope Scambly Schott for A is for Anne. Her favorite place to write is “in my own study with my big floppy dog on the floor, a painting-in-progress on the easel, and a view of the coast range beyond the windows.” Her favorite poets include Sir Thomas Wyatt, Robert Herrick, A.E. Housman, Lucille Clifton, and, she adds “of course, my dear friends Judith Barrington and Kate Gray.”