The Friends of William Stafford and the Library present an evening of poetry honoring William Stafford, featuring poets Carolyne Wright, Penelope Scambly Schott, and Tim Barnes, emcee.
Carolyne Wright has published nine books of poetry, four volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali, and a collection of essays. Her latest book is Mania Klepto: the Book of Eulene, featuring the postmodern alter-ego and shadow agitator, Eulene. Previous books include A Change of Maps, nominated for the LA Times Book Awards and winner of the IPPY Bronze Award; and Seasons of Mangoes and Brainfire, which won the Blue Lynx Prize and the American Book Award. A poem of hers appeared in The Best American Poetry 2009 and the Pushcart Prize XXXIV: Best of the Small Presses (2010). Wright is a Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes; and a Senior Editor for Lost Horse Press, for which she is co-editing an anthology of poems on women and work, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace.
A Seattle native who studied with Elizabeth Bishop, Madeline DeFrees, Richard Hugo, and William Stafford, among others, Wright is a visiting writer at colleges, universities, schools, and conferences around the country. In 2005 she returned to Seattle, where she is on the faculty of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts' Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program.
Penelope Scambly Schott is the author of a novel, six chapbooks, and nine full-length books of poetry. Her verse biography A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth received the 2008 Oregon Book Award for Poetry. Her collection Crow Mercies (2010) got the Sarah Lantz Memorial Award from Calyx Press. New in 2013 are Lovesong for Dufur and Lillie Was a Goddess, Lillie Was a Whore. Penelope lives in Portland and teaches an annual poetry workshop in Dufur, Oregon.
Tim Barnes taught for twenty-five years in the English Department at Portland Community College. His latest book of poems is Definitions for a Lost Language. He co-edited Wood Works: The Life and Writings of Charles Erskine Scott Wood and now edits the Friends of William Stafford newsletter. He is currently collaborating with artist Angelina Marino-Heidel on a children’s book using Stafford’s Bigfoot poem, “Everyone Out Here Knows,” to be published this fall by Arnica Creative Services. He first met Bill in the mid seventies when he was in graduate school at Portland State University.