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Translate-in "A Proclamation for Peace" (a translation "write-in") - with poem included

  • January 27, 2024
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Virtual (January 27th, 11:00 AM - Pacific Time)


  • January 27th, 11:00 AM PST in Zoom and/or February 3rd 1:00 PM (event location TBD)

Registration is closed

The Oregon Society of Translators and Interpreters community is hosting a "translate-in" for peace this Saturday in Zoom.

Everyone is welcome. You don't need to be an OSTI member!

Former Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford has shared his poem, "A Proclamation for Peace" to pass around the world in translation in 2023-2024. The goal is to translate this "Proclamation" into as many languages as possible while sharing a message of peace.

The theme of this poem is more timely than ever and we hope you will join us in translating it! You are welcome to attend a "translate-in" event or to submit a translation on your own.

Translate Kim Stafford's poem out of English into another language for possible publication on OSTI's website (most translations will be published), then join the Oregon Society of Translators and Interpreters for a multilingual reading, where you can share your translation later in 2024!

OSTI is offering two "translate-ins" this winter to build community while translating "A Proclamation for Peace." Join OSTI in Zoom at 11:00 AM PST on Saturday, January 27th or in-person in the Portland area on Saturday, February 3rd at 1:00 PM PST.

Help share a "A Proclamation for Peace" with readers of as many languages as possible on January 27th (in Zoom!) or February 3rd (details soon).

Wishing you peace and calm for 2024,


Please RSVP by registering.

A Proclamation for Peace

by Kim Stafford

Whereas the world is a house on fire;
Whereas the nations are filled with shouting;
Whereas hope seems small, sometimes
a single bird on a wire
left by migration behind.
Whereas kindness is seldom in the news
and peace an abstraction
while war is real;
Whereas words are all I have;
Whereas my life is short;
Whereas I am afraid;
Whereas I am free—despite all
fire and anger and fear;
Be it therefore resolved a song
shall be my calling—a song
not yet made shall be vocation
and peaceful words the work
of my remaining days.

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