January 17, 1914 - August 28, 1993
William Stafford was an American poet and pacifist. He is known for his understated and contemplative style, as well as his commitment to peace and social justice. Stafford's most famous works include "Traveling Through the Dark" and "A Ritual to Read to Each Other." He served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1970 to 1971 and was awarded the National Book Award for Poetry in 1963. Stafford's work continues to be widely read and admired, and he remains an important figure in contemporary American poetry.