Stafford published his first of 57 volumes, at the age of 48. Having won numerous awards for his prose and poetry, Stafford might get as much pleasure out of knowing how many artists have selected his work to incorporate into their own. Three of our Broadsided! artists have done just that, using Stafford’s poetry selections for their letterpress-press printed broadsides.
We invite you to enjoy the visual expression of William Stafford’s writings by clicking on the following links. Each of these letterpress artists brings new meaning the words of Oregon’s Poet Laureate. The three featured broadsides are:
35 more inspired artists are featured in our current exhibit. Broadsided! The Intersection of Art and Literature will be showing at 23 Sandy Gallery through October 31.
If you would like to learn more about William Stafford, his works are archived at the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis and Clark College.
Also be sure to check out Sandy Tilcock’s broadside featuring William Stafford and his son Kim Stafford, titled A Memorial/Art Lesson. It’s not in the Broadsided show, but is a regular in gallery inventory.
Image credits: Top, Katie Harper; Middle, Helen Heibert; Bottom, Joseph Green.