Kim Stafford is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, where he began teaching in 1979. He holds a PhD in medieval literature from the University of Oregon, and is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose. He has worked as an oral historian, letterpress printer, photographer, teacher, and as the literary executor of the Estate of William Stafford. His book, Having Everything Right won a citation for excellence from the Western States Book Awards. His most recent books are Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford (Graywolf, 2002), and The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft (Georgia, 2003), as well as the edited collection, Every War Has Two Losers: William Stafford on Peace and War (Milkweed, 2003). He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and children.