Mid-Valley Poetry Society

Stafford Centennial Art Exhibit in Salem Nov. 5-22

The poetry of Oregon’s beloved former Poet Laureate, William Stafford (1914-1993), has not only influenced many other poets in the Northwest and far beyond, but it has also inspired numerous visual artists.

As part of the continuing celebration of Stafford’s centennial year, an exhibit of works of art inspired by Stafford poems will be held November 5-22 in the Salem Arts Building, 155 Liberty St. NE, in downtown Salem. This exhibit is a joint project of Artists in Action and the Mid-Valley Poetry Society.

An opening reception will be held Wednesday, November 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. Additional viewing times are 3 to 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, November 6-8, 13-14, and 20-22.

On Saturday, November 15, there will be a reading of the Stafford poems that inspired the works of art. The reading, by members of the MVPS, will begin at 3:30 p.m.

The Mid-Valley Poetry Society is an open group of poets and poetry lovers in Salem and vicinity, which operates as a unit of the Oregon Poetry Association. Its mission is to create community among poets and poetry aficionados, to be a nexus for poetry activities and resources, and to promote appreciation for poetry throughout the greater Salem area.

Artists in Action is a nonprofit group of diverse, dedicated artists and artisans working to create stronger ties with each other and the communities of the Salem area.


For further information, contact the Mid-Valley Poetry Society here.

Portland Unit News

As we approach the 4th anniversary of the Figures of Speech reading series, we will be celebrating the Stafford Centennial on January 7th at In Other Words by hosting the book launch for Ooligan Press as they present We Belong in History: Writing with William Stafford, an anthology of student poems in response to the work of William Stafford. Several students in the book will be on hand to read their work and celebrate its publication.

We will also celebrate the 4th year of our crit. group that meets at Stonehenge Studios the second Sunday of every month from 4-6 p.m. This group is open to all who want to attend so drop me a line at slw1057 (at) hotmail.com if you’d like to come by.

We both would like to express our deep gratitude for the writing community in Portland, the support and friendship of everyone here. Happy Thanksgiving

Steve and M (Constance)