The Next Life [Book Excerpt: 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared]

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About Kim Stafford

Kim Stafford has taught since 1979 at Lewis and Clark College, where he is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute and codirector of the documentary studies program. He also serves as the literary executor for the estate of William Stafford. Stafford has published a dozen books of poetry and prose, including 100 Tricks Every Boy Can DoThe Muses among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft; Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford; and Having Everything Right: Essays of Place. He has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Oregon Governor’s Arts Award, and a Western States Book Award. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and children.


  1. This was very well worth reading… a couple of times actually. Thankyou.

    “In my family, the training was to see what others needed, and then to serve them. People were so reticent about what they wanted, eventually no one really knew what they wanted, and in the absence of this knowing, everyone served others.”

  2. That was so insightful. Thanks for sharing that.

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