"Stafford, born in Hutchison, Kansas, received a bachelor’s and a master’s from the University of Kansas at Lawrence and, in 1954, a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Ordinary life was the subject of much of his poetry. He published more than 65 volumes of poetry and prose, and won many awards and honors, including a Shelley Memorial Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He won the National Book Award in 1963 for Traveling Through the Dark. Stafford taught at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon from 1948 to 1980."
--Library of Congress Poets Laureate page
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