William Stafford Centennial

William Stafford won the National Book Award in 1963 and served as Poet Laureate from 1971-72. Join us in celebrating the life of William Stafford, renowned poet, educator, and pacifist, whose legacy continues to inspire our community and all who encounter his work.

In 2013, we launched a commemoration of Stafford (1914-1993), who taught at Lewis & Clark for nearly 30 years. Watch this website for up-to-date details on the events being held in his honor.

Stafford Centennial Year 

  • events on campus, in downtown Portland, and around the state
  • landmark publications, including the comprehensive Stafford bibliography and volumes of response poetry
  • courses, exhibitions, musical tributes, and an academic symposium focused on advancing Stafford scholarship