Poetry reading celebrates Stafford

William Stafford

TWISP – The third annual William Stafford Birthday Reading of Poetry will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at Confluence Gallery, 104 N. Glover St.

Featured readers include members of the Confluence Poets: Subhaga Crystal Bacon, Vicky Douxmont, Christine Kendall, Kelleigh McMillan, Sam Owen, Hannah Viano, Cindy Williams Gutierrez and Greg Wright, along with Liberty Bell High School students Lazo Gitchos and Leo Shaw.

In keeping with the Confluence Gallery’s January 2019 exhibit, the featured readers will read one Stafford poem that resonates with the theme of “Weathering Change” and a poem of their own inspired by the Stafford poem.

Amanda Jackson Mott, executive director of Methow Arts Alliance, will speak about the William Stafford Methow River Poems project, which is currently under way to install more plaques inscribed with Stafford poems throughout the valley.

Copies of the limited edition of Stafford’s Methow River Poems chapbooks will be available for sale through a silent auction.

Proceeds will benefit the Stafford Methow River Poems project.

Audience members will be invited to share their favorite Stafford poem or a personal story about Stafford.

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