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Poet Laureate Kim Stafford in Astoria

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Date(s) - April 22, 2019 - April 23, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

CCC Royal Nebeker Gallery


Forest Visions Project – in collaboration with Clatsop Community College Art/Writing Departments, KALA/Hipfish, Astoria Writer’s Guild, Astoria Public Library and Cannery Pier Hotel and Spa – presents

POET LAUREATE of OREGON KIM STAFFORD in a two-day celebration of poetry, forests, storytelling, April 22, 23 http://kim-stafford.com/

April 22, 23—Earth Day and Shakespeare’s Birthday—Poet Laureate of Oregon Kim Stafford, is in Astoria for a series of happenings that include an Earth Day Ceremony; a public conversation, talk poetry, talk forests, at the Royal Nebeker Gallery, with the renowned photographer Robert Adams who is showing several prints in the Forest Visions exhibit on display through May 10th; a reading and workshop Creative Practices and the Importance of Writing Your Own Story at the Astoria Public Library; and a book release party for Kim’s new collection of poetry, Wild Honey, Tough Salt, at KALA at 7:30 pm Tuesday, April 23, free and open to all!
Area high school, job corps and community college students and faculty will also have the opportunity to work with Kim on writing practices and awakening to the eco-soul landscapes of their own stories. Created in collaboration with author Marianne Monson and Astoria Writer’s Guild and Nancy Cook, CCC Writing Instructor.

Schedule of Public Events

MONDAY, April 22, 2019 Earth Day

Talk Poetry, Talk Forests, ROYAL NEBEKER ART GALLERY, CCC, open to the public, 6-7:15pm

Poetry, conversation, and dialogue with the audience featuring Kim Stafford and renowned photographer, Robert Adams, whose work is part of the Art Exhibit. The poet/artists will reflect on the nature of and cultural responses to our bio-region and eco-souls. Moderated by Roger Dorband and Susan Banyas.

Forest Visions Art Exhibit

TUESDAY, April 23, 2019 Shakespeare’s Birthday:

ASTORIA PUBLIC LIBRARY Reading and Workshop for the general public in collaboration with CCC Librarian, Dan McClure 10-11:30am

Creative Practices and the Importance of Writing Your Own Story

KALA Gallery, 1017 Marine Dr Wild Honey, Tough Salt Book Launch, 7:30pm

Tuesday evening KALA/Hipfish will host a book release for Stafford’s new collection of poetry, Wild Honey, Tough Salt. Kim will read from his book, play music, entertain us with stories, and engage our questions. Nancy Cook is MC. Come celebrate! Books will be for sale. This event is sponsored by Forest Visions Project. Doors open at 7. Free and open to all.

Kim Stafford was born and grew up in Oregon. He is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, and editor of half a dozen others. His book Having Everything Right: Essays of Place won a citation for excellence from the Western States Book Awards in 1986. Stafford has received creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Governor’s Arts Award, and the Stewart Holbrook Award from Literary Arts for his contributions to Oregon’s literary culture. His work has also been featured on National Public Radio. Stafford holds a Ph.D. in medieval literature from the University of Oregon. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and children. He is the second Stafford to serve as Oregon’s Poet Laureate; his father, William Stafford, held the appointment from 1974 to 1989. And like his father before him, Kim has taught at Lewis & Clark College where he co-founded the Oregon Writing Project in 1984, co-founded the Northwest Writing Institute in 1986, and co-founded the Oregon Folk Arts Program in 1988.
“Poetry is our native language,” says Stafford. “We begin with imaginative experiments as children, and lyric language can be a realm of discovery and delight throughout life. For adults and communities, poetry can help us be more open to new ideas, emotionally informed, and buoyant in responding to challenges. In a society of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, poetry builds community.”

Forest Visions Project is a collaborative, interdisciplinary model for expanding dialogue, exploring eco-education and stimulating awareness in the community through Roundtables, Professional Speaker Series, film screening and storytelling event, Forest Visions Art Exhibit, and now this visit from Oregon’s Poet Laureate. We feature current research related to forest management and climate change, eco-design, sustainable economics, taxation and policy, and the importance of activating the creative voice–to generate a progressive, protective, and prosperous vision for this region, grounded by art, science, storytelling, and deep history.
Forest Visions Project Co-creators:
Susan Banyas, multi-media artist/author
Roger Dorband, writer/photographer
Dan McClure, librarian/musician.
The project has been supported by Ford Family Foundation, Oregon Cultural Trust, Clatsop County Cultural Coalition, Clatsop County College Foundation, and Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Care Foundation

fmi: Contact: Nancy Cook, 503-338-2335; ncook@clatsopcc.edu

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