Dominican welcoming "100 Years of Poetry and Peace"

Dominican University of California’s School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, in partnership with Santa Sabina Center, is commemorating the beginning of World War I and the 100th birthday of American poet and pacifist William Stafford (1914-1993) with a series of special events titled “100 Years of Poetry and Peace.”

This series features readings by two stellar west coast writers: Maxine Hong Kingston, recipient of the 2013 National Medal of Arts, and Kim Stafford, poet and essayist son of William Stafford. Other events include a screening of Haydn Reiss’s film Every War has Two Losers and a writing retreat led by Kim Stafford.

On October 7, students, faculty, and members of the public attended a free screening of Every War Has Two Losers, a film featuring the work and story of William Stafford. The film was shown in the Dominican Sisters Gathering Space, 1520 Grand Avenue, San Rafael.

On October 8, all are welcome to a free presentation featuring Stafford and Hong Kingston. Facilitated by Joan Baranow, Associate Professor of English at Dominican, the presentation will include readings by contributors to the book Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace plus readings by Baranow.  Dominican librarian Gary Gorka will present a slide show of WW I photos along with more contemporary war images during the presentation. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Dominican Sisters Gathering Space.

Kim Stafford is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College and author of dozen books of poetry and prose, most recently 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared. He serves as the literary executor for the Estate of William Stafford.

From October 9-12, Stafford will lead a writing retreat titled You Must Revise Your Life: Finding and Founding Peace in the Spirit of William Stafford. To register for the writing retreat, please visit www.santasabinacenter.org.

For more information, call (415) 457-7727 or email info@santasabinacenter.org. Or email joan.baranow@dominican.edu in the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.