Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland hosts another installment of the always excellent Poetry Flash, this time in honor of William Stafford, on Sunday, January 26th at 3pm.
William Stafford was one of the twentieth century's greatest American poets, a lover of nature, of peace, and of the power of poetry, which he believed latent in all. "The field of writing will never be crowded, not because people can't write, but they don't think they can," he said. Stafford, the author of more than sixty books, was named an Oregon State Poet Laureate in 1965 and served as Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress from 1970-1971. A generous mentor to aspiring poets, he traveled widely, giving readings throughout the States, as well as in Egypt, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran, Germany, Austria, and Poland. He died in 1993.
The new collection of his poetry is Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems, and in honor of this beloved poet, Poetry Flash will be hosting a reading of his poems by Maxine Hong Kingston, Earll Kingston, Joseph Lease, and Tiffany Higgins. All Poetry Flash events are wheelchair accessible, request ASL interpreters one week in advance from email@example.com.