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William Stafford Peace Symposium

Thursday, May 14, begins a three-day consideration of poetry and peace from and beyond the life and writing of William Stafford. The symposium is sponsored by Lewis & Clark College, in collaboration with First Unitarian Church and the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, and with the support of a grant from the Lamb Foundation.

The symposium, Another World Instead, begins at the NW Film center, with the premiere of a “Every War Has Two Losers,” based on the book of the same name by William Stafford.

On Friday there will be a class taught at First Unitarian Church by Kim Stafford to explore connections between the writing of poetry and the life of witness for peace. Friday evening, there will be a poetry reading, with reading by Abayo Animashaum, Tim Barnes, Andrea Hopkins, Fred Marchant, Kim Stafford, Mary Szybist, and others.

On Saturday the main symposium will be an opportunity to consider how William Stafford’s life of witness through poetry may inform our opportunities for literary citizenship in a time of war. Presentations will include Teaching Peace, Camp Angel, and Learning Poetry. In addition, presenters will share information about The William Stafford Archive.

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