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William Stafford Centennial

Publication of “We Belong in History”

Date: January 1, 2014

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In September 2012, PSU’s Ooligan Press began a statewide writing competition for seventh through twelfth graders in honor of poet William Stafford’s centennial birthday.

Ooligan contacted local teachers and offered them lesson plans based on Stafford’s poems that would help inspire middle and high school students to create their own essays and poems. They then collected submissions throughout the 2012-2013 school year, began compiling the best work during the summer of 2013, and will publish the students’ pieces as a collection entitled “We Belong In History” by January 2014, coinciding with the yearlong celebration of Stafford’s birth.

The students will get the chance to see their very own work in print, their teachers will enjoy seeing them get inspired, and the graduate students at Ooligan Press will be awarded the task of compiling the students’ never-before-seen poems and essays into a book. The competition is a unique way to celebrate Stafford, who considered reading and teaching to be essential parts of human life.

For more information, please see Ooligan’s page on The William Stafford Project: .

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