The Oregon State Library opened a new exhibit on February 7, entitled “Remembering William Stafford,” honoring the centennial of the birth of the former Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford (1914-1993). The exhibit features photographs of the poet loaned by Mike Markee and Vince Wixon, hand-printed broadsides of Stafford’s poems, and a selection of poetry books authored by Stafford from the Oregon Poetry Collection (OPC). The OPC – a joint project of the Oregon State Library and Oregon Poetry Association – is a growing collection of poetry books by poets who lived, worked, were educated, or born in Oregon. The collection currently has more than 1600 titles, including more than 50 titles by William Stafford. This exhibit is a part of the State Library’s participation in the statewide Oregon Reads 2014 project, celebrating the literary life of William Stafford.
This exhibit is on display in the 2nd floor lobby of the State Library, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.