William Stafford (Poet) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

William Stafford (poet)

William Edgar Stafford was an American poet and pacifist. He was the father of poet and essayist Kim Stafford. He was appointed the twentieth Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1970.

Born: William Edgar Stafford, January 17, 1914, Hutchinson, Kansas, USA
Died: August 28, 1993, Lake Oswego, Oregon, USA
Occupation: Poet
Nationality: United States
Period: 1962–1993
Notable awards: National Book Award for Poetry (1963), Guggenheim Fellowship (1966), Western States Book Award (1992), Robert Frost Medal (1993)
Spouse: Dorothy Hope Frantz
Children: Kim Stafford

About William Stafford

Prolific American poet and 1970 U.S. Poet Laureate who won the National Book Award for Traveling Through the Dark. His numerous other works include In the Clock of Reason, Brother Wind, Passwords, and Wyoming Circuit.

Before Fame

He studied at the University of Kansas and taught at Lewis & Clark College in Oregon before earning a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.


He was a pacifist and a conscientious objector during World War II.

Family Life

He married Dorothy Hope Frantz in 1944. He and Frantz raised four children.


His writing style has been compared to that of renowned poet Robert Frost.

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