Poet Kim Stafford will speak in Hutchinson on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 7 p.m. He will be presenting at the Hutchinson Art Center, 405 N. Washington, in Hutchinson. Kim is the son of Hutchinson native, William Stafford. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Kim Stafford is a poet, writer, composer and musician. He has authored numerous books, including, “100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared,” and “Early Morning: Remembering My Father.” He has taught writing at Lewis & Clark College in Portland since 1979. He is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute and is the literary executor of the Estate of William Stafford. Kim’s writing and teaching has taken him to locations around the world.
Kim’s father, William Stafford, is featured on the mural near Grasshopper Park at Avenue A and Main Street. William Stafford was born in Hutchinson in 1914. He received B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Kansas, and his PhD from the University of Iowa. He won the National Book Award and served as Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress, now Poet Laureate. His dozens of books include the major collections, Stories That Could Be True and The Way It Is. He taught at Lewis & Clark College for over thirty years and died at his home in Lake Oswego, Oregon in 1993.