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William Stafford Center

Date: October 8, 2005

Cultural citizenship—like teaching, and counseling—begins with the experience of creation. To be such a citizen, you must create a new way to see, to remember, to understand, and to say. The William Stafford Center offers opportunities for the creative use of language in service to communities. As teacher, writer, and witness, William Stafford observed how something unusual can happen when we listen in a particular way to an inner voice, or to another person, or to the quiet but constructive messages that abound in daily life. This kind of listening, writing, and conversing fosters the essential intelligence required to move from paralysis toward action. Words do what they can’t say. Every citizen, in company with honest words, can contribute to the work of responsive teaching and advocacy counseling in communities of all kinds. The Center creates conversations among people with the same verve and fearless welcome that William Stafford embodied in his writing.

The William Stafford Center develops events, workshops, and collaborative projects to advance the work of creativity through language for service at the Graduate School, and in the community and the world.
For more information about the William Stafford Center email or call 503.768.6162.

William Stafford Center: Alternative Publishing Showcase
Saturday, October 8, 9 a.m – 3 p.m.
Commons, South Campus, Lewis & Clark College
Cost: $45

Some writers pursue publication as a path to fame and fortune: editors accept our work, or reject it. What an elemental quest! More power to them, we say. But we follow another path, where making public what we find is one more
soul-step in the process of creation: radio essay, recorded music, handsome little book, literary performance, or ’zine.

This is how we share our gifts in order to heal a world on fire. At this gathering we will exchange resources and
ideas for making this practice part of our writing process.

In the morning, we will hear short presentations by six artists or artist teams. After lunch, participants will join the presenter of their choice for detail question and answer sessions about how to do what we most want to do with our writing.

In addition, we invite all participants to bring copies or examples of their own independent literary productions for informal sharing during the lunch hour.

Beyond the six media represented by our speakers, we hope we’ll hear about blogging, slam poetry, student literary magazines, weathergrams, and other forms of secrete and alternative publishing.

A veteran writer and radio producer, Ketzel Levine distills the very essence of story, setting, spoken dialog into evocative radio pieces with impact out of all proportion to length. The secret is in the power of the story and fearless editing, shaping, revealing.

Joining the detail of written story to the vitality of spoken word Gigi Rosenberg brings writing to life in dramatic monologs and public readings. With minimal costume, lighting, and staging, the story becomes performance.

For eight years, Chris Gragg has helped his students at Reynolds High School bring their written lyrics to alternative music performers in order to produce Deep Roots, an annual CD of recorded songs with youthful verve and musical edge.

The quirky, arresting, indelible ’zine has become a tactile treasure in our digital age. Reporting from Portland’s Independent Publishing Resource Center, Nicole Georges will reveal the world of creating and enjoying this unique form of expression and artistic witness.

Glenn Storhaug, of Five Seasons Press in England, and Paul Merchant, of the William Stafford Archive, will show work from their chapbook workshop, and report about editing and producing the jewel of the literary life: the compact chapbook of poetry, story, or essay. This talk is in conjunction with their 2005 production class to launch the William Stafford Center chapbook series.


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William Stafford Symposium: The Dream of Now
Saturday, November 5, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Corbett House, South Campus, Lewis & Clark College
Cost: $125 (Scholarships available)

Naomi Shihab Nye, the first annual William Stafford Fellow, will greet this gathering of teachers, writers, students, readers, and citizens dedicated to the quest of writing for pleasure, witness, and reconciliation. With funding from the Lamb Foundation, we will convene a community of students and teachers from rural Oregon schools, together with writers and readers from all directions, to consider “the dream of now”-the writer’s place in the healing of the world. We will sip poems and stories from international sources, attend to local opportunities, and focus our craft in the spirit of William Stafford.

Naomi Shihab Nye, the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, is the beloved traveling poet and Palestinian-American who brings to each meeting the human languages of clear words, big heart, and open eyes. Of everyone he had interviewed, Bill Moyers chose her to interview him. She changes lives.

Because of space limitations, please contact the William Stafford Center ( for information and to register for both of these events.

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