William Stafford

Much of my creative and academic work engages with the writing and life of the American poet William Stafford, with a large focus on theopoetics and religion & literature. I am also interested in his connections to nineteenth century Romantic and Transcendentalist writers.

 

Major Academic Writings

Poetic Worship: The Renewal of Liturgical Language, Master of Arts thesis, Bethany Theological Seminary, 2011 (Read introduction. Contact me to request complete thesis.)

The Call to Critique: William Stafford as Anabaptist Poet,” Essay selected by faculty for Dean’s Student Scholarship Symposium, Manchester University, March 2006

 

Published Writings

Daily Writing Made Easy(er),” Essay, Medium, July 2018

Ritual in the Dark: A Liturgy of Image and Text,” Article in collaboration with Craig Goodworth, Theopoetics, 2015

“Some Beliefs About Mountains,” Poem published in anthology, A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford, Woodley Press, November 2013

Book review of Walker in the Fog: On Mennonite Writing by Jeff Gundy, Brethren Life & Thought, 51.3, 2006

 

Presentations

“Poetry Beyond Peace,” Talk in Chapel, Manchester University, September 2017

The Pilgrimage of Just Peace in the Poetry of William Stafford,” Talk at Presidential Forum, Bethany Theological Seminary, October 2015

“Ritual in the Dark: A Liturgy of Image & Text,” Talk in collaboration with Craig Goodworth, Theopoetics Working Group, American Academy of Religion, November 2012

“Ritual in the Dark: A Liturgy of Image & Text,” Performance in collaboration with Craig Goodworth, Joint Chapel, Bethany Theological Seminary & Earlham School of Religion, October 2012

“Beyond What Columbus Discovered: Language and the Land in the Poetry of  William Stafford,” Workshop in collaboration with Craig Goodworth, Arden Hearth, October 2012

William Stafford Symposium, Organized two day event with guest scholar Jeff Gundy, Bethany Theological Seminary, March 2010

“William Stafford, Priest of the Imagination,” Talk in Theopoetics class, Bethany Theological Seminary, October 2009

“Ambiguity and Ambivalence in the Poetry of William Stafford,” Talk at Peace Forum, Bethany Theological Seminary & Earlham School of Religion, March 2007

“William Stafford at Manchester,” Display at Manchester University Archives, September 2005 – Written about by Paul Merchant in “A William Stafford Exhibit at Manchester College, Indiana” Friends of William Stafford Newsletter, Vol.10 No.2 – Winter 2005/06, pages 2 & 8

 

Online Publications

Blog posts on travispoling.com, 2018-present

William Stafford Online Reader, Website editor, 2011-2015

Encountering William Stafford, Blog, 2006-2011

William Stafford Collection, Manchester University Archives, 2005