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.

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  1. I have an acquaintance I met while visiting my mom at Tierra Rose Care Center in Salem (4254 Weathers St. NE- behind Olive Garden Restaurant on Lancaster Drive) who has written poetry he would like to Show. His name is Jim Lance (from Silverton, OR), Room 312. View a copy at the Nurses station.

    Jim is a Korean War veteran. Some poetry dates back to the 1950’s.


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