Kim Stafford will read from his new poetry book, Singer Come from Afar, followed by a short conversation with Corvallis writer Jeff Fearnside, and audience Q&A. The reading will include a short poetry film, a glimpse of first drafts for poems in the book, and reflections on a citizen writing practice.
Kim Stafford’s Singer Come from Afar considers war and peace, pandemic struggles, Earth imperatives, a seeker’s spirit, and forging kinship. Stafford’s poems speak for hidden heroes, resonant places, and for our chance to converge in spite of differences. He views the writing and sharing of poetry as an essential act of testimony to sustain tikkun olam, the healing of the world, through poems of blessing, consolation, and witness. The book seeks to pose the question: How can poems befriend the creative life? May this book be the hidden spring you seek.
Kim Stafford is the author of a dozen books, including Singer Come from Afar (Red Hen Press, 2021). He has taught writing in Scotland, Mexico, Italy, and Bhutan. In May 2018 he was named Oregon’s 9th Poet Laureate by Governor Kate Brown for a two-year term.
Jeff Fearnside is author of Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air (Stephen F. Austin State University Press) and Ships in the Desert (forthcoming from the SFWP Press). His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Paris Review, Los Angeles Review, Story, and The Sun.