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“I am your own way of looking at things” The Poetic Practice of William Stafford

A Workshop for Young Writers

Jan 25, 2014 | 11:00 am

Naomi Shihab Nye

For writers aged 12–18

For fifty years, William Stafford wrote every morning before others were awake, welcoming whatever his imagination offered, and using this attitude as the basis of his poems. In a workshop led by poets Naomi Shihab Nye and Kim Stafford, we will look at William Stafford poems that exemplify this process and try on some of his writing techniques.

Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and editor of many books of poetry and prose, including Transfer, Habibi, and A Maze Me: Poems for Girls. She lives and works in San Antonio, Texas.

Kim Stafford is the author of The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft, a book for writers and teachers, and Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford. He teaches writing at Lewis & Clark College and lives in Portland, Oregon.

Registration Guidelines
Registration is required; call (212) 431-7920×2832 or email

Support for this program was made possible by The Thompson Family Foundation

Admission Free Location Kray Hall Sponsored By Poets House


Jan 25, 2014
11:00 am
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