A Conversation about Practice - with Kim Stafford and Teresa Jordan
Join Teresa Jordan and Kim Stafford in an ongoing conversation about practice. They talk about the benefits of cultivating a daily practice, not just for the purpose of becoming a better artist or writer, but also because it can improve one’s life. As Kim puts it, you may not write something good every day, but if you write every day “it will be a better day.”Kim Stafford is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, where he has taught writing since 1979. He is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft and A Thousand Friends of Rain: New & Selected Poems. His most recent books are 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared, and Wind on the Waves: Stories from the Oregon Coast. In 2016 the 30th anniversary edition of his collections of essays, Having Everything Right, came out from Pharos Editions. His most recent book is Singer Come from Afar (Red Hen Press, 2021). From 2018-2020 he served as Oregon’s Poet Laureate, and he has taught writing in dozens of schools and community centers, and in Scotland, Italy, Mexico, and Bhutan.Teresa Jordan is an artist, author, and storyteller who grew up in a house full of books on an isolated ranch in Wyoming. The love of learning she acquired in the local one-room school carried her to Yale and into a lifetime of inquiry.Her books include the memoir Riding the White Horse Home and two illustrated journals, Fieldnotes from Yosemite: Apprentice to Place, and Field Notes from the Grand Canyon: Raging River, Quiet Mind. Her first book, Cowgirls: Women of the American West, was one of the earliest books to give voice to contemporary women working on the land. Her newest book is The Year of Living Virtuously, Weekends Off, inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s list of thirteen virtues and the seven deadly sins. It was awarded the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize, the Utah Book Award and the da Vinci Eye Award for Cover Art, and is being translated into both Hindi and Korean.The recipient of several awards including a literary fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Western Heritage Award from the Cowboy Hall of Fame, Teresa lives in a historic pecan orchard in southern Utah where she and Hal raise a small band of Navajo Churro sheep.
Eloquent Listening with Oregon Poet Laureate, Kim Stafford
ink & peat
Kim Stafford is a writer in Oregon who uses writing as a means to raise the human spirit. He has done so through the creation of a vast collection of poems, books, classes, workshops, and readings around Oregon and the globe. The Northwest Writing Institute and Fishtrap Writers Gathering were inspired by and created through Kim's commitment to the craft of writing as an essential part of human experience. He was honored in 2018 as Oregon's 9th Poet Laureate in recognition of his contributions, and for the encouragement and invitation he extends to each of us to write.Kim talks with us in ink and peat episode 19 about Eloquent Listening -- a concept he explores in his 2003 book, The Muses Among Us. Now, as then, Kim suggests that listening is an essential component of writing and that through eloquent listening and the writing that results, we can open ourselves to greater understanding, healing, and appreciation of being.To read more of Kim Stafford's work, visit kimstaffordpoet.com
Made of Stories | with Poet Laureate of Oregon, Kim Stafford
Culture & Ecology | Stories from the Confluence
Do words have the power to create and shape reality? We speak with poet and story-teller, Kim Stafford, about humanity's relationship to the world, the cycle of life, regeneration and language. As Poet Laureate of Oregon, Stafford speaks with compassion and authority, raising the question, “who does the poem serve?” He shares original poems about a seed, a tree, darkness, and death, weaving a story of life using the power of words in service to humanity and all our relations.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/culteco/support
The Seattle Public Library - Author Readings and Library Events
Listen as we present a celebration of the 30th anniversary edition of Kim Stafford’s critically acclaimed Pacific Northwest essays on nature and place: “Having Everything Right: Essays of Place”. Kim Stafford writes with poetic and evocative prose as he reflects on the history, folklore and physical beauty of the Pacific Northwest. When “Having Everything Right: Essays of Place” was first published in 1986, the book was awarded a precedent setting Special Citation for Excellence by the Western States Book Awards. The book has been compared to the essay collections of Edward Abbey and Wendell Berry, books that blend personal vision and regional evocation. -- The 30th anniversary edition of “Having Everything Right” is published by Pharos Editions, a small publisher dedicated to bringing to light out-of-print books of distinction. Pharos works with contemporary authors and asks them to select a title that is out-of-print or hard to find that means a lot to them which they would love to re-introduce to readers everywhere. Kim Stafford’s essays were selected by, and now introduced by, Robert Michael Pyle. In the introduction, Pyle says, “(Each essay) is a small masterpiece of concision, precision, and incision. Each is also witty, elegiac, and wise." -- Kim Stafford teaches at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, where he is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute and co-director of the Documentary Studies program. Stafford has published a dozen books of poetry and prose, including “The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer's Craft,” “Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford,” and, most recently, “100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do,” an account of his brother’s death by suicide, and the struggle of a family to understand, and to live beyond that event.