Join us for the 3rd annual Prairie Songs, an emerging tradition that celebrates and features environmental writing in Montana. Prairie Songs supports and is hosted by Camas Magazine, the journal of environmental literature at the UM.
Sunday May 1, 2016 at the Top Hat Lounge / Doors at 5:30 PM / Readings from 6:30 - 8:30 PM
DAVID JAMES DUNCAN
Music by Good Old Fashioned and the Clare Menehan, Britt Arnesen, and Erin Goudreau Trio.
$5.00 admission / free back-issue of Camas included (until they run out!)
The evening will feature a raffle to benefit Camas.
David James Duncan is the author of the novels The River Why and The Brothers K, the story collection River Teeth, the nonfiction collections My Story as Told by Water and God Laughs & Plays, and the fast response activist books Citizen's Dissent (with Wendell Berry) and The Heart of the Monster (with Rick Bass). Happily, the novels are still very much alive, and the bullshit Blackfoot River cyanide mine and Exxon Mobil industrial corridor to the Tar Sands that David and others attacked with all their love and rage are very much dead.
David lives outside Missoula with the wonderful sculptor Adrian Arleo, where he is wrapping up a novel called Sun House, which fuses his loves for Asian and mystical Western wisdom traditions, acoustic folk and blues music, and the mountains, river valleys, wild creatures, and surviving open-minded and open-hearted people of the American West.
Annick Smith is a writer and filmmaker from western Montana. Born in Paris, she grew up in Chicago, lived in Seattle, and has settled in Montana for over fifty years. Her nature essays and travel articles have appeared in publications such as Orion, Outside, Audubon, National Geo Traveler, Travel & Leisure, TriQuarterly, and The New York Times. Her fiction has been published in Story Magazine and her story "It's Come to This" appeared in Best American Short Stories 1992. Smith's most recent book is a memoir, road trip, and dog book, Crossing the Plains with Bruno. Other books include an earlier memoir, Homestead, a collection of essays, In This We are Native, a book about Oklahoma's tall grass prairies, Big Bluestem, and the anthologies The Last Best Place, co-edited with William Kittredge and The Wide Open: Prose, Poems, and Photographs of the Prairie co-edited with Susan O'Connor. She has also been a teacher, an editor, a community organizer, and an environmental activist as well as founder of Hellgate Writers, a literary center in Missoula and the Yellow Bay Writers Workshop on Flathead Lake. Smith is currently working with Susan O'Connor on a book about the traditional and personal meanings of Hearth, as well as an illustrated book about her photographer father and artist uncles, The Deutsch Brothers in Chicago. She lives on a homestead ranch in Montana's Blackfoot Valley, often with companion William Kittredge and her sons and their families.
Bryce Andrews is the author of Badluck Way. He lives happily in Missoula, and is in the process of writing a second book.
Tami Haaland is the author of two books of poetry: When We Wake in the Night, and Breath in Every Room, winner of the Nicholas Roerich Prize. Her poems have appeared in 5 AM, Rattapallax, Calyx, The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, High Desert Journal and more than a dozen anthologies. Haaland’s poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and American Life in Poetry. Recently her work was included in a collaborative film project in the UK, and her prose has appeared in The Florida Review, American Art Review, and These Living Songs, an anthology focused on Montana’s historic and contemporary poets. For over twenty years, Haaland has been teaching at Montana State University Billings. Currently she chairs the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages, and she recently concluded her term as Montana’s Poet Laureate.
Jolen Brink grew up in northern Minnesot and will graduate this May with her MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana. Her oems and essays have ppeared in The Carolina Quarterly, Postroad an the Southern Humanities Review. Her poetry chapbook, Peregrine, won the 2015 Merriam-Frontier Awar
CLARE MENEHAN, BRITT ARNESEN, & ERIN GOUDREAU TRIO:
Clare, Britt, and Erin are an acoustic folk trio hailing from Alaska and Montana. Rife with three-part harmonies and gentle, finger picked guitar, these ladies have been wowing audiences across the West.
Good Old Fashioned plays a mixture of old-time bluegrass, folk, country and blues. The band showcases tightly crafted original tunes, soaring vocal harmonies, and catchy re-created covers. Chris Woodman (guitar banjos, vocals), Callie Monroe (guitar, percussion, vocals) and Brody Klemer (guitar, vocals) will make you stomp your boots, clap your hands, shed a tear and always leave you wanting more.
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