Passwords: Naomi Shihab Nye & Kim Stafford on William Stafford
William Stafford (1914–1993) was the author of more than 50 books; his first poetry collection, Traveling Through the Dark (1962), won the 1963 National Book Award for Poetry. A conscientious objector during World War II and avid ecologist, Stafford spent most of his teaching career at Lewis & Clark College in Oregon. With his deceptively simple style and reverence for the natural world, he is considered the Robert Frost of the American west. In celebration of his centennial, poets Naomi Shihab Nye and Kim Stafford (the poet’s son) talk about their relationship with this beloved poet and his remarkable body of work.
Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and editor of many books of poetry and prose, including Transfer, Habibi, and A Maze Me: Poems for Girls. She lives and works in San Antonio, Texas.
Kim Stafford is the author of The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer's Craft, a book for writers and teachers, and Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford. He teaches writing at Lewis & Clark College and lives in Portland, Oregon.