Kim Stafford is a writer in Oregon

 

...who teaches and travels to raise the human spirit. He founded the Northwest Writing Institute in 1986, and co-founded the Fishtrap Writers Gathering in 1987. He is the author of a dozen books of poetry a prose, including Having Everything Right: Essays of Place, and Wild Honey, Tough Salt

In our time is a great thing not yet done--it is the marriage of Woody Guthrie's gusto and the Internet. It is the composing and wide sharing of stories, poems, songs, and blessings by those with voice, for those with need.

In 2018, Gov. Kate Brown named him Oregon's ninth poet laureate, and he visited over a hundred groups statewide to share the reading and writing of poetry.

Why write poems in a time of technology and haste? Writing a poem can help us slow down, think, wonder, notice, and jot a few words to improve our sense of well-being. And writing deepens our connection with the inner life, with each other, and with the Earth.

He has taught writing in dozens of schools and colleges, and in Scotland, Italy, Mexico, and Bhutan. 

All around us, daily news inflicts attrition because it is incomplete--it gives facts, events, quotations, but without offering meaning. Writing a poem can ease this injury, providing a way to "talk back to all that darkness" by exploring questions, offering remedies, and making connections between what we have experienced and what we might say.

Kim Stafford is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute, and co-founder of Fishtrap. He is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including Having Everything Right: Essays of Place in 1986, and the new poetry collection, Wild Honey, Tough Salt, in 2019. He has taught writing in schools, colleges, meadows, prisons, forests, and in Italy, Scotland, Mexico, Bhutan. In May 2018 Gov. Kate Brown appointed him as Oregon’s ninth Poet Laureate.

Kim Stafford workshops…              

 

 

 

 2020-2021

                                    

Kim Stafford online generative writing workshops

July 2020 to February 2021

 

 

 

Citizen Poems: Writing Poetry for the Human Project

“The more I write poems,” said Elizabeth Woody, “the less it’s about what the poem is, and more about who the poem serves.” Writing can be a habit that enriches the individual life, and publishing can bring this enrichment to others, and perhaps lead to money and fame. Or—writing and sharing work composed as a gift of advocacy for your heroes, for places, and for communities—this form of creative devotion could be your true vocation. In this workshop, open to writers at all stages of experience, we will explore the notion of “citizen poems,” which are written not abouta subject, but fora person, a place, a cause, a community. We will practice writing little anthems, manifestoes, and blessings.

 

hosted by Willamette Writers / one-day class / Thursday, July 30, 9:30am-3:30pm

http://www.cvent.com/events/willamette-writers-conference-2020/agenda-0a4de8b63fbb4c0798aec2a2a9eb0805.aspx#tabs-1

(third workshop listed)

                                                                                                                                                

 

 

Earth Verse

When trouble comes in the human world, there may be a little story from the wild that can offer consolation. From the Gnomic Versesin Old English, to the Tao te Ching, and the writings of Dorothy Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, and Mary Oliver, we have cherished lyric remedies speaking the language of earth for human comfort. In this workshop, we will harvest close observations from the Playa landscape and compose an archive of consolations for use as our need comes.

 

hosted by Playa at Summer Lake / Saturday-Sunday, August 1-2, 9am-3pm

Details here soon:

https://playasummerlake.org/playa-events/

                                                                                                                                                

 

 

Pandemic Diary for Earth

In the Corona Virus era, someone said, It's as if Earth has sent us to our rooms to think about what we've done. Out of this time, how might our lives become more measured, local, and sustaining? In this online workshop, we'll write episodes of observation and thought about how this era of shelter in place might temper our frenzy, and turn us toward better ways to live. We'll compose poems, stories, letters, and other forms to offer lament, ways to savor the simpler life, and prophecy about where we might go from here as individuals, and as citizens of Earth.

 

hosted by Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Saturday-Sunday / August 8-9, 10am-4pm

Details here soon:

https://www.sitkacenter.org/workshop/workshopslist

                                                                                                                                                

 

Pandemic Poems for Lament, Solace, & Testimony

This is a one-day generative poetry workshop. Drawing on short readings from writers who have addressed pandemics—Giovanni Boccaccio, Daniel Defoe, Albert Camus, and writers addressing our predicament now—we will write poems to report personal experience, interrogate the public narrative, honor what’s lost, and celebrate what’s been clarified. The pandemic has hit the re-set button on our individual lives, our communities and our nation. Pandemic poems can re-frame what we now know we need, don’t need, and must envision. 

 

hosted by Richard Hugo House / date TBA (one day workshop)

Details here soon:

https://hugohouse.org/classes/course-catalog/

                                                                                                                                                

 

Courage to Lead through Writing: We Begin a Better Nation through Writing

Join us for a virtual Courage to Lead retreat designed to offer participants the time and space to reflect on the complex, challenging, and changing dimensions of leadership, rooted in the belief that effective leadership flows from the identity and integrity of the individual. Empower and deepen your leadership during these challenging times by using writing as a tool for learning and leading.

 

hosted by Lewis & Clark College, Thursday 4pm – Saturday at noon / October 1-3

https://graduate.lclark.edu/live/events/310346-online-we-begin-a-better-nation-whats-next-a

                                                                                                                                                

 

 

Daily Writing in the Spirit of William Stafford

In a time when wars don’t stop, when pandemic strikes, jobs end, climate shifts, and life needs constant reinvention, your daily writing practice can be a way to navigate change and sustain the spirit.

     Inspired by the 50-year writing practice of William Stafford, this online workshop will include reading of classic poems and responding to writing prompts designed to deepen your own process for creation.

     We will delve into sources for starting, ways of revising, responding to work in progress, and sending forth our testimony to a world hungry for meaning. Open to all levels of experience.

     The class will utilize the online platform Zoom, with each of the two days designed as a series of conversations, writing prompts, solo writing time, then sharing and discussion.

 

hosted by Lewis & Clark College, Saturday-Sunday, December  5-6, 9am-5pm

https://graduate.lclark.edu/live/events/312810-online-daily-writing-in-the-spirit-of-william

                                                                                                                                                

 

 

Oregon Writing Project: Poems for a Better Nation

In these days of frenzy and confusion, some bit of news, a scrap of story, a friend’s question, or some other morsel of language from the world may long to become a song, a poem, half a poem—may long to catch something mysterious about this life. A footnote to the inexpressible.

     In this online Oregon Writing Project course, we will celebrate the winsome habit of poetry to turn small discoveries into the half-page where we say much in a few words.

We’ll read lively texts, start many lyric experiments, and talk along the way about how to use this quirky and welcoming writing practice to calm the self, and to explore with students and share with friends.

     No previous experience is necessary for participation in this course, which is open to all teachers and writers. The class will utilize the online platform Zoom, with each of the two days designed to develop a learning community through a series of conversations, writing prompts, solo writing time, then sharing and discussion.

 

hosted by Lewis & Clark College, Saturday-Sunday, February 20-21, 9am-5pm

https://graduate.lclark.edu/live/events/313370-online-poetry-writing-poems-for-a-better-nation

 

 

 

Later in 2021              

                                      

January or February, week-long Writing Retreat in Guanajuato, Mexico

TBA but UNLIKELY

February 11-14, 2021 (tentative date), Writing Retreat at Santa Sabina, San Rafael, California

https://www.santasabinacenter.org/retreats-page

TBA

April 21-30, 2021, week-long Writing Retreat in Ireland

TBA but UNLIKELY

 

May 2021,  week-long Writing Retreat in Assisi, Italy

TBA but UNLIKELY