William Stafford 

January 17, 1914 to August 28, 1993

Celebrate Stafford's Centennial:

Events  & Books

a unique way into the heart of the world
— Dictionary of Literary Biography
  • National Book Award for Poetry (1963)
  • Library of Congress Consultant in Poetry (US Poet Laureate) (1970)
  • Oregon Poet Laureate (1975-1990)
  • Professor of English at Lewis & Clark College (1947-1979)
  • Published over 60 volumes of poetry

Read Poems

Over 240 poems online

Find Books

Poetry and prose in online stores and libraries

Play Media

Audio, video, and images

Follow News

Newsletters, blogs, and news sites

Study Stafford

Scholarship by and about Stafford, journal databases, archive finding aids

Explore Art

Music, sculpture, drawings, and writing inspired by Stafford's work

About this Website

The William Stafford Online Reader serves new readers and longtime scholars of Stafford, providing a central location for the best web content related to the poet's life and work.

This is an independent website, and is not affiliated with the Estate of William Stafford, the William Stafford Archives, or the Friends of William Stafford

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Travis Poling, Editor

This website is a treasure trove, a rich resource for all things Staffordian...a real contribution to the appreciation of Stafford’s work.
— Friends of William Stafford Newsletter


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