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Poets to read at MSU in celebration of National Poetry Month

April 9, 2009 -- MSU News Service

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Montana State University's Renne Library will sponsor two poetry readings, a wine reception and a talk during the week of April 13-17 in celebration of National Poetry Month and National Library week.

Greg Keeler, a poet and professor of English at MSU, will read from his work at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the atrium of the library. Greg Pape, Montana's second Poet Laureate, will read from his poetry at noon Friday, April 17, in Renne Library.

A wine reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, at the Bozeman Public Library, and it will be followed by a talk, "The Slow Poetry Movement: Poetry as Sustenance." During the talk, Pape is expected to read from his own works and also from works by other poets. Time for questions and answers will also be included.

Keeler, who received the Montana Governor's Award in the Humanities in 2001, has published three books and three chapter books of poetry. He has also published articles in popular and academic magazines and journals, and he has produced plays as well as numerous tapes and CDs of his satirical songs. His acrylic paintings have been exhibited at Renne Library and in galleries in and around Bozeman.

Pape has been a member of the creative writing faculty at the University of Montana since 1987. He is the author of seven books of poetry, including "American Flamingo," "Border Crossings," and "Black Branches." He has received numerous awards, including two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Richard Hugo Memorial Award for Poetry and the Pushcart Prize.

Pape's visit to Bozeman is sponsored by the MSU Friends of the Libraries, Bozeman Public Libraries Friends of the Library, and Humanities Montana.

National Poetry Month, held in April, is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The celebration is intended to widen the attention of individuals and the media to the art of poetry and to living poets.

Contact Connie Strittmatter at connie.strittmatter@montana.edu or (406) 994-7708 for more information.

Connie Strittmatter, (406) 994-7708 or connie.strittmatter@montana.edu