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Native American poet kicks off MSU Landscapes of the Mind lecture series

February 1, 2005 -- from MSU News Service

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Native American poet Simon Ortiz will give the first Montana State University College of Letters and Science's Landscapes of the Mind lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in MSU's Strand Union ballrooms.

"Out There Somewhere: A Native Sense of Experience," draws on Ortiz's life experiences over the past 10 years in academic conferences and writers' colonies, jails and detox centers. Ortiz, a professor of writing and literature at the University of Toronto, will convey the personal and cultural history of dislocation and affirm the strength of Native culture even under adverse conditions.

Ortiz has published several works of poetry, fiction, and essays. He is a native of Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico and a recipient of the WESTAF Lifetime Achievement Award, the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in Art and numerous other honors.

The lecture is sponsored by Montana State University, the MSU College of Letters and Science, and the Department of Native American Studies with additional funding from the Montana Committee for the Humanities and the American Indian Student Council. It is free and open to the public. Ortiz's most recent book, "Out There Somewhere," will be available for purchase and signing following the lecture.

Contact: Sarah Alexander (406) 994-4288,