Kim Stafford with Bethany Lee

Please join us for an evening with poet Kim Stafford who will be reading from his latest collection As the Sky Begins to Change, published by Red Hen Press (2024). He will be accompanied by harpist Bethany Joy Lee who will also read from her newest collection of poetry.

In his third poetry collection from Red Hen Press, As the Sky Begins to Change, Kim Stafford gathers poems that sing with empathy, humor, witness, and story. Poems in this book have been set to music, quoted in the New York Times, posted online in the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series, gathered in a chapbook sold to benefit Ukrainian refugees, posted online in response to Supreme Court decisions, composed for a painter’s gallery opening, and in other ways engaged with a world at war with itself, testifying for the human project hungry for kinship, exiled from bounty, and otherwise thirsting for the oxygen of healing song. As the Sky Begins to Change is a book of poems to wake the world, lyric anthems for earth and kin.

Kim Stafford is a writer and teacher in Oregon, and founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College. His poetry titles include A Gypsy’s History of the World (Copper Canyon Press), and Wild Honey, Tough Salt (Red Hen Press). He has published a biography, Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford (Graywolf Press), We Got Here Together (a children’s book from Harcourt-Brace), and a book about writing and teaching: The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft (University of Georgia Press). Poems in this book have appeared in The  Orion, Pilgrimage, Terrain, World Literature Today, and featured on The Writer’s Almanac. His books have received Pacific Northwest Booksellers awards, and a Citation for Excellence from the Western States Book Awards. Stafford has received two NEA Creative Writing Fellowships in poetry and has taught writing in Scotland, Italy, Mexico, and Bhutan. He co-founded the annual Fishtrap Writers Gathering in Oregon and teaches regularly at the Richard Hugo House in Seattle.

Bethany Lee is a poet, harpist, Recorded Quaker minister, and Certified Music Practitioner. She draws inspiration from her experience as an ocean sailor, hospice harpist, choral accompanist, and mother, and from a life filled with the practice of paying attention. She lives and writes in Oregon's beautiful Willamette Valley.

 

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - 6:00pm
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As the Sky Begins to Change By Kim Stafford Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781636281476
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Published: Red Hen Press - April 9th, 2024

Etude for Belonging: Poems for Practicing Courage and Hope By Bethany Lee Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594980756
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Published: Fernwood Press - May 7th, 2021

The Breath Between: An Invitation to Mystery and Joy By Bethany Lee Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594980619
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Published: Fernwood Press - May 18th, 2019