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Join the Friends of Hannon Library for their 21st Annual William Stafford Poetry Celebration:

January 11, 2018
7 pm–9 pm
Meese Room, Hannon Library (SOU Campus)

Featured poets will present readings, followed by an open mic session where audience members are invited to read a William Stafford poem of their choice. This year’s featured poets include Charlotte Abernathy, Gary Lark, Barret O’Brien, Manya Orescan, Marisa Petersen, and Rabbi David Zaslow.

This celebration is held every year to commemorate the birthday of the late Oregon Poet Laureate, William Stafford. A prolific writer, Stafford’s work is often associated with inspirations from nature, family, and the poet’s pacifist views as a conscientious objector during World War II.

As part of the Friends of Hannon Library Speaker Series, this event is free and open to the public. Attendees can get free campus parking for this event by visiting any campus parking meter and using this code: FHL0111

If you need disability accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Disability Resources at (541) 552-6213 or dss@sou.edu. For more information, contact Hannon Library Administration at libraryevents@sou.edu or (541) 552-6816.

Join the Friends of Hannon Library for this 20th annual poetry reading in honor of William Stafford:

January 19, 2017
7:oo-9:00 PM
Hannon Library, Meese Room

Every year, the Friends of Hannon Library honor the work of William Stafford, former Oregon Poet Laureate, with a night of poetic readings. This year’s event begins with an original music composition by Todd Barton, played by Alexander Tutunov, followed by readings from local poets: Alma Rosa Alvarez, Jim Bronson, Angela Decker, Leo Decker, Morgan Hunt, Jay Schroeder, and Michael Spring. Attendees are also welcome to participate by reading their favorite Stafford poem.

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This event is sponsored by the Friends of Hannon Library and is free and open to the public. Get free campus parking for this event by going to any campus parking meter and using this code: FHL0119

For more information, contact Hannon Library at 541-552-6816 or libraryevents@sou.edu.

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The Rogue Valley’s 2016 William Stafford Birthday Celebration was held at Southern Oregon University January 21, in the same room it has been for the last eighteen years.
An unplanned theme of opposition to the take-over of the Malheur Refuge was set for the program with the opening reading of Stafford’s “Malheur Before Dawn” and sung by Daniel Sperry, Jeffri Lynn Carrington of the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, and Anna Christensen of Montana Soul. Poets carried the theme further with poems of reconciliation and reason.
Claudia Alick, producer of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Green Show for eight years and organizer of regular open mic rap and hip-hop readings, gave a dramatic, gospel-voice reading of “A Ritual to Read to Each Other.” She accomplished what makes us eager for each of these events: the opportunity to hear even favorite poems in new voices giving us renewed insight into William Stafford’s work.
Other featured poets were Kathleen Pyle, Steve Dieffenbacher, Kim Hamilton, Dan Kaufman, and James Anderson. Thirteen from the audience also read Stafford poems, seven attending their first William Stafford Birthday Celebration.
This event was again co-sponsored by Friends of William Stafford and Friends of Hannon Library with this year’s attendance at 107.
By Patty Wixon

Join the Friends of Hannon Library as they honor and celebrate former Oregon Poet Laureate, William Stafford, and his 102nd birthday with an outpouring of creativity.

January 21, 2016
7:00-9:00 PM
Meese Room

Cellist and composer Daniel Sperry will begin the program, putting two of Stafford’s poems to music, followed by readings from local poets. This year’s featured poets are Claudia Alick, James Anderson, Kim Hamilton, Dan Kauffman, Kathleen Pyle, and Steve Dieffenbacher.

Audience members are invited to join in and read a favorite Stafford poem. The program will conclude with a film excerpt of William Stafford reading and talking about his writing.

This event is free and open to the public. Limited seating is available. For more information, contact Hannon Library at 541-552-6816 or libraryevents@sou.edu.

Cosponsored by the Friends of William Stafford

Join the Friends of Hannon Library for a new year of engaging and informative presentations, with topics ranging from the history of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to the wonders of traveling to Cuba. View the complete schedule of events below. For more information, visit the Friends on Facebook or contact Hannon Library at libraryevents@sou.edu.

 

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