Kim Stafford: A Creative Process

Lewis & Clark is celebrating the acquisition of Kim Stafford’s personal archive through a special exhibition titled Kim Stafford: A Creative Process in Watzek Library, from March 18 to August 20, 2022. The opening reception was held on March 17.

In 2021, Kim Stafford and his wife, Perrin Kerns, gifted his archive to the college. Now, for the first time, the public will have an opportunity to view a selection of these materials. The focus of the Kim Stafford Archive is on his creative process—how an experience in the world is transformed into a published poem, and how those poems, in turn, shape the world. It considers how Stafford’s many creative influences emerge in his work, including his interest in folk art and Americana. The archive also explores Stafford’s career as an educator within an Oregon-based creative community.

Lewis & Clark students Liam Conley BA ’23, Franchesca Schrambling BA ’22, and Ben Warner BA ’22 curated the exhibition along with staff from Watzek Library’s Special Collections and Archives.

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