Annual Reading to Honor Poet Stafford

By Scott Craig   |   January 25, 2018
Dr. Paul Willis hosts poetry reading

Paul Willis, professor of English at Westmont and former poet laureate of Santa Barbara, hosts the 12th annual community poetry reading to honor the life and work of William Stafford (1914-1993) on Saturday, January 27, at 2 pm at the First Crossing Day Use Area in Los Padres National Forest, across from the Los Prietos Boys Camp, 3900 Paradise Road. This is the former site of the Los Prietos Civilian Public Service Camp, where Stafford served as a conscientious objector during World War II.

In case of rain, the reading will move to the Los Prietos Ranger Station at 3505 Paradise Road.

The event will feature Peg Quinn, a poet, mural painter, award-winning quilter, and mixed-media artist. “Peg is wonderful,” Willis says. “She will get us started with a short selection of Stafford poems, and anyone present may read a Stafford poem in her wake. Come for a time of refreshment and recovery.”

Passes are required for the gathering; however, Willis says he has already purchased a group of passes at educational discount, which he will distribute upon arrival.

Stafford won the National Book Award in 1963 and became poetry consultant to the Library of Congress in 1970 and poet laureate of Oregon in 1975. 

In 2013, the annual gathering dedicated a permanent outdoor display about Stafford, the history of the camp, and the role it played in the formation of Stafford as a poet. The sign was co-sponsored by Westmont College and the Friends of William Stafford.

Faculty to Perform Violin, Piano Recitals

Westmont musicians Han Soo Kim (violin) and Neil Di Maggio (piano) perform works by Mozart and Schubert at a violin and piano recital Friday, January 26, at 6:30 pm in Wood Glen Hall (full recital); Saturday, January 27, at 3 pm in Faulkner Gallery at the downtown Santa Barbara Public Library (participating in a group recital); Friday February 2, at 7 pm at Westmont’s Deane Chapel (participating in Faculty Recital); and Saturday, February 3, at 3 pm in Trinity Episcopal Church (full recital). 

Kim, an award-winning and internationally accomplished violinist, has performed at the Boston Symphony Hall, Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University in New York.

Di Maggio, a graduate of San Jose State University, earned a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the San Francisco Conservatory. He earned a Master of Music in collaborative piano at UC Santa Barbara.

The performances feature Sonata for Piano and Violin in B-flat Major by Mozart and Fantasie for Violin and Piano in C Major by Schubert.


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