We couldn't think of a better way to close out National Poetry Month than by hosting Kim Stafford. Please join us for the launch of his latest collection, Singer Come From Afar. He will be joined in conversation by Roger Gilman, dean emeritus of Western Washington University's Fairhaven College.
This book considers war and peace, pandemic struggles, Earth’s imperatives, and forging kinship. Readers have called the Singer Come from Afar “a deep well of gratitude,” “a collection of bright wings and wild songs,” and “a big-hearted book.” Stafford views the writing and sharing of poetry as an essential act of testimony for the healing of the world. May this book be the hidden spring you seek.
"I love this book. Kim Stafford writes from a deep well of gratitude and human goodness. Some of his poems are furious, some are sly and funny, some are simply beautiful, and all create a space for readers to catch their breath and reflect on the glories of this lovely, reeling planet and the sins against it. What greater gift could a poet give a worried, weary world? "
—Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Earth’s Wild Music
Kim Stafford is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, and the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including Having Everything Right (a collection of essays), Early Morning (a biography of William Stafford) We Got Here Together (a children’s book), and The Muses Among Us (a book about the practice of writing). In 2018-2020 he served as Oregon’s poet laureate, and he has taught writing in Mexico, Scotland, Italy, and Bhutan.
This event is part of the Nature of Writing Series run in partnership with the North Cascades Institute.