Author Kim Stafford at Hood River Campus May 16th
Columbia Gorge Community College and Waucoma Bookstore will host Portland author Kim Stafford who will discuss his book 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared. Told in one hundred episodes, this is a story of two brothers separated by suicide and the secret pain that shadows the family of poet William Stafford. Stafford's brother, Bret, lived and worked in Hood River in the 1980s, and significant passages in the book are set on Mt. Adams. This deftly written, compassionate memoir offers a paradox about family tragedy. With suicide, Stafford writes, there is collateral damage in every direction, but there is also a chance to learn vital stories behind the shadows of silence, depression, and violent death, and ultimately to recover the lost best friend.
Kim Stafford has taught at Lewis and Clark College since 1979 where he is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute and co-director of the documentary studies program. He also serves as the literary executor for the estate of William Stafford. He has worked as an oral historian, letterpress printer, editor, photographer, teacher, and visiting writer in communities and at colleges across the country, and in Italy, Scotland, and Bhutan. Stafford has published a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft; Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford; and Having Everything Right: Essays of Place. He has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Oregon Governor’s Arts Award, and a Western States Book Award. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and children.