Passwords: Naomi Shihab Nye & Kim Stafford on William Stafford
Our signature program series Passwords, developed in 1987, continues to be one of the most robust and popular of our offering. In it, poets read and discuss the work of other poets.
William Stafford (1914–1993) is the author of more than 50 books; his first poetry collection, Traveling Through the Dark (1962), won the 1963 National Book Award for Poetry. 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.