Kim Stafford reads for WhidbeyAIR

William Stafford’s Centennial Anniversary 2014 


William Edgar Stafford – January 17, 1914 – August 28, 1993

WhidbeyAIR is honored to be able to contribute to the 100th anniversary of Pacific Northwest poet William Stafford’s birth by sharing the work of his son Kim Stafford in a WhidbeyAIR exclusive reading.

Kim Stafford readin in WhidbeyAIR's Michael Nutt Studio

Kim Stafford in the Michael Nutt Studio

How did WhidbeyAIR get Kim Stafford into our little studio on Whidbey? All the thanks goes to NILA MFA visiting instructors and alums, Janet Buttenwieser and Stephanie Barbe’ Hammer.

During the January 2014 Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA program winter session here on Whidbey, Janet and Stephanie arranged for several writers to come record in our studio.  Kim Stafford was one of them.

Joining Kim were writers Miriam Gershow & Melissa Hart and poet Carolyn Lee Wright.  All four are professional writers and poets and faculty of the NILA MFA program.

At the bottom of this post you can listen to all four readings. 

33360_dsc_0014_d66900807358b49dd71a01a497ba9cb1Kim Stafford follows his father as a poet and an educator.  A professor of writing at the Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Kim, literally, brings an entire life time of poetry to his work.  What poet can say they grew up with a poetically accomplished parent, who submerged them in poetry from birth?  Very few.

WhidbeyAIR is honored to be able to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of a great poet with our listeners – with his son, poet Kim Stafford, leading the way.

LISTEN HERE > Kim Stafford Reading for WhidbeyAIR

Thanks again to Kim Stafford, Janet Buttenwieser, Stephanie Barbe’ Hammer, Miriam Gershow, Melissa Hart, Carolyn Lee Wright, and the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA low residency program for their contributions to the NILA Writer’s Reading Series on WhidbeyAIR.

Click the writers name below to hear them reading in the Michael Nutt Studio at WhidbeyAIR.

Melissa Hart

Miriam Gershow

Carolyn Lee Wright


DownloadedFile-1As part of Washington’s celebration of William Stafford’s centennial anniversary – Seattle’s own KUOW‘s Ross Reynolds talked about Stafford with Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen.  Austen is also associated with the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA program as visiting faculty.  Elizabeth Austen, can be heard reading William Stafford’s poem Freedom from that Ross Reynolds KUOW show here.

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