Oregon Poet Laureate

On May 15, 2018, Governor Kate Brown named Kim Stafford the ninth Poet Laureate of Oregon.

The Oregon Poet Laureate fosters the art of poetry, encourages literacy and learning, addresses central issues relating to humanities and heritage, and reflects on public life in Oregon.

Information about Kim, the Poet Laureate program, and how to request an appearance can be found on this website.
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As the Oregon Poet Laureate, Kim Stafford makes public appearances at various events around the state. Check the calendar page for possible events near you.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon’s arts, humanities and heritage. Oregon Humanities administers the program, and can answer questions via email or phone: (503) 241-0543 ex. 110.

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Kim Stafford headshot

Photo by Perrin Kerns.


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