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William Stafford Centennial

William Stafford Retrospective Exhibits

Date: January 21, 2014 Location: Watzek Library

Watzek Library

William Stafford at 100 ~ A Centenary Exhibit

William Stafford (1914-1993) was one of the most prolific and important American poets of the last half of the twentieth century. Among his many credentials, Stafford taught at Lewis & Clark College for 22 years, served as consultant in poetry at the Library of Congress, and received the National Book Award for his poetry collection Traveling through the Dark (1963). Stafford at 100 - A Centenary Exhibit on display at the Aubrey R. Watzek Library exhibits a selection of photographs, manuscripts, books, and artifacts from the William Stafford Archives. This exhibit showcases materials from each period of Stafford’s life and career including his work in the Civilian Public Service, the Library of Congress, as an educator, and as a renowned poet.

The Exhibit is open from January through December 2014

Photographs by William Stafford: Curated by Kirsten Rian

From curator Kirsten Rian: “With his camera, Stafford provided a visual to this looking, and perhaps for himself and his own process as a writer, an additional outlet to augment and reflect the play of light and shadow within human nature, within the ways of the world, he wrote about for decades. Like his pen, his camera was never far from his hand–the 16,000 negatives prove that. His camera was then perhaps also a tool, a partner, in the seeking and finding amidst the commotion of life, in the resulting eloquence and wisdom, grace and thoughtfulness of his singular voice.”

Kirsten Rian curated 180 images from the over 16,000 taken by William Stafford to be included in a multimedia exhibit as part of the centennial celebration of Stafford’s vision. From these are images depicting Stafford’s life, family, friends, and literary figures from around the world.

A multimedia exhibition of the Photographs by William Stafford is on display in the Watzek Library atrium in connection with the William Stafford at 100 - A Centenary Exhibit.  An additional framed selection exhibit is on display in the main hall of Miller.

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