Thinking Aloud: A Poetry Event - November 4, 2016

We're very pleased to announce a reading from Michael Earl Craig, Max Hjortsberg, and Adrian Kien. 

Michael Earl Craig is the current Montana Poet Laureate. In a news release, Gov. Steve Bullock said he is "honored to appoint Michael Earl Craig to serve as Montana’s next Poet Laureate. Through his writing he captured the attention or readers for years. And through his mentorship of students pursuing creative writing, he has inspired the next generation of poets and novelists.”

Craig is the author of four books of poetry: "Can you Relax in My House" (2002), "Yes, Master" (2006), "Thin Kimono" (2010) and "Talkativeness" (2014). A farrier who composes his poetry on a manual typewriter and mentors creative writing students at Livingston’s Park High School, Craig has been invited to read in cities all over the country, has seen his poetry translated into Dutch and Chinese, and has received national accolades. Amanda Fortini, a writer for the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Rolling Stone writes of Craig, “Michael Earl Craig may be my favorite poet writing today … the deadpan humor of his poems (and his in-person readings) is what makes his work so unique – accessible but ultimately mysterious – and so beloved of readers all across the country.”

Max Hjortsberg is a poet and map maker who lives with his family in Livingston, Montana. He is the author of the chapbook Bonnie & Clyde (An American Daydream). His poetry has also appeared in the Livingston Current, Big Sky Journal and counterpunch.org.

Adrian Kien grew up in Elko, Nevada and Missoula, Montana. He received he's MFA at Boise State University. He is the author of the chapbooks The Caress Is a Letter of Instruction (Strange Machine 2011), Anatomy Lesson, Translations of Christian Prigent(Free Poetry, 2010) and Who is There (Blazevox, 2008). When not teaching or writing, he enjoys exploring the back country of Butte, MT looking for deer and cow bones for his wife to paint.