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The Arts :: Poetry
FootHills Publishing: Montana Poets Series #4
2:00 PM
2 - 3 pm

FootHills Publishing is releasing their 2021 series, Montana Series #4! Celebrate the series with a reading with five of its poets, as well as its editor (and new Poet Laureate of Montana!), Mark Gibbons.

This event is proudly sponsored by Arts Missoula and Burns Street Bistro. It will be recorded by Missoula Access Community Television as part of a Media Assistance Grant donated to the Montana Book Festival by MCAT.

Growing up in two small Montana towns, Valier and Red Lodge, Clark Chatlain spent his early years working on pack strings in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and in ski town restaurant kitchens. In college he studied philosophy at The University of Montana, focusing on continental theory. After ?nishing his M.A., he and his family moved around Montana a bit and then to Portland, Oregon, for a few years, before coming back to Missoula. He has published poetry and prose in several journals. erosion is his ?rst book.

Mark Gibbons’ poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. His first chapbook of poems, Something Inside Us, was self-published in 1995, and a second, Circling Home, won the Scattered Cairns Press chapbook competition in 1999. Connemara Moonshine, the first full length collection of his poetry, was published in 2002 by Camphorweed Press, followed by blue horizon in 2007 from Two Dogs Press. War, Madness, & Love, a collaborative collection of poems with Appalachian poet Michael Revere, appeared in 2008, R & R Publishing. Mauvaises Herbes (Weeds), a bilingual translation of his poems into French, was published in 2009 by PROPOS2 editions, France. Forgotten Dreams, 2012; Shadowboxing, 2014; The Imitation Blues, 2017; and mostly cloudy, 2020, are available from Foothills Publishing.

Mark established Blind Horses Press in 2011. He is the editor of two poetry collections for Drumlummon Institute: Moving On: The Last Poems of Ed Lahey, 2018, and Summer Lightning, 2019, by Marylor Wilson. He lives in Missoula with his wife, Pam, where he writes and teaches poetry. In 2021, Mark was named the 2021-2022 Poet Laureate of Montana.

Gillian Kessler can be found dancing to loud music, teaching exuberant children to appreciate language, writing in the early morning when everyone is asleep, and exploring the wilds of Montana with her beautiful family. She is the author of Ash in the Tree (FootHills Publishing, 2021).

Chris La Tray, who resides near Missoula, Montana, is a writer of Chippewa-Cree Métis descent and an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. His first book, One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays From the World At Large, won the 2018 Montana Book Award and a 2019 High Plains Book Award. He is also the author of Descended from a Travel-Worn Satchel (FootHills Publishing, 2021). His next book, Becoming Little Shell, will be published by Milkweed Editions in Spring of 2022.

Mara Panich is a writer, artist, and bookseller in Missoula, Montana. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and English Literature from Purdue University and completed post-graduate studies at the University of Montana. She is the author of The Blood is Not the Water (FootHills Publishing, 2021), and her work has been published in CutBank Online, The Bitchin' Kitsch, Awake in the World, V2, Women Under Scrutiny, We Leave the Flowers Where They Are, and other anthologies.

Kurt Sobolik lives near Alberton, Montana, where he has a fine view of Cinderella Mountain and the Bighorn Sheep that occasionally make themselves known there. He enjoys building compost and each year manages to coax a few vegetables out of the ground. His other hobbies include reading, walking, and napping. Homespun (FootHills Publishing, 2021) is his first book.
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Age Group: All Ages
Venue: online
Address: Missoula Missoula, MT 59802
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