Wind on the Waves is a collection of fift-two stories that embody the beauty, mystery, and allure of Oregon's magnificent coast. Written by award-winning author and poet Kim Stafford, these wonderful vignettes celebrate the people, towns, wildlife, culture, and natural beauty of one of America's most rugged, beautiful, and enchanting coastlines. Wind on the Waves evokes the feelings of wonder and joy, the miracle of existence, the significance of humanity--and its insignificance compared to the power of the sea. Being open to the world is a gift--one which Kim Stafford has shared so well. These words from one of Oregon's most influential writers are the song of life sung on the stage of the shore, and the wind, and the waves.
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. He has worked as an oral historian, letterpress printer, editor, photographer, teacher, and visiting writer in communities and colleges across the country, and in Italy, Scotland, and Bhutan. Stafford has published a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The 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.