The Studio Series Poetry Reading & Open Mic
January 8, 2023 (Sunday) @ 7:00 PM

The Studio Series Poetry Reading & Open Mic,
January 8, 2023 (Sunday) @ 7:00 PM

We’ll kick off the new season with featured reader
Kim Stafford

Kim Stafford, founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, teaches and travels to raise the human spirit. 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 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared. His most recent book is the poetry collection Singer Come from Afar (Red Hen, 2021). He has taught writing in dozens of schools and community centers, and in Scotland, Italy, Mexico, and Bhutan. In 2018 he was named Oregon’s 9th Poet Laureate by Governor Kate Brown for a two-year term.

In addition to reading his own work, Kim will read the work of his father, William Stafford, who was appointed the 20th Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (a position later known as US Poet Laureate) and who also served as Oregon Poet Laureate.

The Ross Island Grocery and Café is a cozy space with capacity for 50 or so people. Tables are available, so people who arrive early can enjoy a light supper (i.e., a sandwich, salad or burger) while waiting for the reading to begin. If we run out of table space, folding chairs are available. A mic and spotlight will enhance the readings. There is plenty of unrestricted parking on the streets around the Café.

The Open Mic is open to all audience members. Participants can sign up before the start of the reading or during the break. In the interest of time, Open Mic readers are asked to limit their readings to three minutes.

Questions? Please contact host Leah Stenson at

For inquiries and permissions, please email me.

Leah Stenson