Poet Laureate, Tami Haaland


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Poet Laureate, Tami Haaland

Poet Laureate


PRESS RELEASE:  For Immediate Release
January 10, 2013
Contact: 
Kim Baraby Hurtle, Percent-for-Art Director, Montana Arts Council, khurtle@mt.gov
406-444-6639
MONTANA ARTS COUNCIL SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR THE NEXT MONTANA POET LAUREATE
Helena, Montana – The Montana Arts Council, an agency of state government, announces that 2013 nominations for the Montana Poet Laureate program will be accepted from January 1, 2013 until Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
   
The Montana Poet Laureate recognizes and honors a citizen poet of exceptional talent and accomplishment. The Poet Laureate also encourages appreciation of poetry and literary life in Montana. This position was created by the state legislature in 2005.
In 2005, Sandra Alcosser became our first Montana Poet Laureate and served for two years. Greg Pape was selected as the second Poet Laureate in 2007 and he served through the summer of 2009. Henry Real Bird was selected in 2009 and served into the summer of 2011. Sheryl Noethe is our current Montana Poet Laureate and she will serve until the summer of 2013.
To learn more about this program and the nominations process, and to download forms, please go to the Montana Arts Council’s website: www.art.mt.gov   Poet Nominators and Poets who wish to apply but do not have access to computers are encouraged to call Montana Arts Council Percent-for-Art Director Kim Baraby Hurtle at 406.444.6639 for assistance before March 15, 2013 or email her at khurtle@mt.gov.
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Poet Laureate

Poet Laureate Guidelines

Below are the guidelines for the Poet Laureate program.  Please call 406/444-6430 if you would like more information.


Montana’s Poet Laureate
Guidelines, Checklist, and Selection Criteria
for the Nominator to Compile the Application
To be accepted for consideration, nominations must include:
One Complete Set of Nomination Materials, which must be provided using the following guidelines to allow all application materials to be collected for publication and binding services. Each Montana Poet Laureate panel reviewer will receive a bound volume containing the materials for every poet, who has been nominated and who meets nomination criteria.
Guidelines Checklist
  •  DO NOT STAPLE any page in the set of nomination materials.
·        Do Not Use: plastic sleeves, cover sheets, comb or spiral binding, pocket folders or other presentation materials.
·        Do Use: 8-1/2” x 11” White paper. Use one side only.
·        Do: Leave at least 1” margin on the left-hand side of the materials for binding purposes.
  •  Do: Type all materials in 12-point type font or larger. Poet Nominee and Nominator forms MAY be handwritten. However, all other materials must be typed in 12-point or larger font.
  •  Yes   No: Have you submitted all documents via email by 5:00 p.m. April 1, 2013?
Be sure that all attached materials are identified with the Poet’s last name and Application Materials headers.  Example: Browning Work Sample.doc; Browning Bio.doc; Browning Supplementals.pdf.  All attached materials should be sent in a single email.   * Note: All ten poems should be saved as a single word or.pdf document. (The. pdf format will ensure the poems appear exactly as the poet intended.)  All supplemental reference materials should be saved as a single word or .pdf document.  Questions?  Please contact us by March 15th, 2013 for technical assistance questions. 
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  •  Yes   No:  Have you submitted all paper or flashdrive application materials via U.S. Mail, U.P.S. or Fed Ex?  Remember all materials must be in the Montana Arts Council office by 5:00 p.m. April 1, 2013. 
  • *Special for Oral/Spoken poetry: If your poet nominee is working in the Homeric, Lyric, Cowboy, or other Oral/Spoken Poetry genres, please supply audio or video of the poet performing AND transcripts of the poetry performed as a portion or the entirety of the 10 poem work samples [No more than 15 pages.]
 Do: Include (6) DVD/CD copies of the performance of live poetry with your mailed paper or flash drive nomination forms.
 OR: Email the Montana Arts Council to alert them about live performance supplemental materials you’ll be sending via mail to supplement your email submission.
  •  Did you: Organize materials following the #1- #7 sequence [see checklist]?
  •  Did you:  Provide copyright information where appropriate? All submissions become part of the public record.  Both published and non-published poetry may be submitted.
  •  Do:  Provide the photographer’s name [Good quality headshot of your Poet Nominee] so that we can credit them in press releases.
  •  Did you: Make a copy of your application [attach a copy of the checklist here as well] for your records?
  •  Did you: Leave enough time for regular mail delivery?
Deadline is April 1, 2013  at 5:00 p.m.  This is NOT a postmark deadline. Email, and mailed or hand-delivered submissions must be complete and submitted by 5:00 p.m. M.D.T. [clocks Springforward March 10, 2013]
Application Materials Checklist
 #1: Poet Nomination Form [signed by Poet Nominee].
 #2: Nominator’s Form [signed by the Nominator].
 #3: Cover Letter [From Nominator] Use no more than 2 pages to introduce your poet nominee, offer reasons why they meet all criteria, and offer examples of why they have advanced poetry in Montana.
 #4: Poet’s Bio/Resume/ Curriculum Vitae. Use no more than 2 pages [compiled by Poet].
 #5: Supplemental Materials: List of published books by the nominated poet. Additional lists regarding anthologies, magazines and other media, which include the work of the poet nominee. [No vanity press titles].  Poet’s Awards, Press Releases, Letters of Recommendation [Not required, but recommended. Use no more than 4 pages to address the criteria of exemplary professionalism [compiled by Poet and Nominee]. All supplemental materials should be combined into a single document [with each category of supplemental material titled and pasted into a running document that doesn’t exceed 4 pages] and saved as a single word or .pdf document. 
 #6: Ten poems: Use no more than 15 pages. See guidelines.
 #7: Photograph of the Poet Nominee. Please offer a high quality digital or hard copy headshot [close-up shot] in either black and white or color. This is the photo that will be used for publicity purposes.
Selection Criteria for
2013 Montana Poet Laureate
How will Poet Laureate nominations be evaluated?
The Poet Laureate will be chosen on the basis of three criteria:
  • Excellence as evidenced by the submitted poetry sample
  • Exemplary professionalism as evidenced by an established history of substantial and significant publication in journals and books including at least one book of poems published by a commercial or small press (not a vanity press–see eligibility requirements) and special honors, awards, fellowships, or other recognition
  • Advancement of poetry in Montana communities as evidenced by an established history of activity in Montana’s literary community through readings, publications, public presentations and/or teaching.
Poet Laureate Guidelines

Nominations for the 2011-2013 Montana Poet Laureate Are Open

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kim Baraby Hurtle, Montana Arts Council
khurtle@mt.gov
(406) 444-6639

MONTANA POET LAUREATE NOMINATION FORMS NOW AVAILABLE

The Montana Poet Laureate is a position created by the Montana legislature, which recognizes and honors a citizen poet of exceptional talent and accomplishment. Applications for the state’s next Poet Laureate are due Friday, April 29, 2011 at 5 p.m.

In 2005, Sandra Alcosser became our first Montana Poet Laureate and served for two years. Greg Pape was selected as the second Poet Laureate in 2007 and he served through the summer of 2009. Henry Real Bird was selected in 2009 and will serve into the summer of 2011.

The Montana Arts Council encourages nominations of poets from all walks of life, and all poetry forms are welcome. Montanans may nominate a poet for the Poet Laureate position, or learn more about eligibility requirements, the application process and the Poet Laureate program at: http://art.mt.gov/resources/resources_plposition.asp

The term of service for the position is for two years and the award is honorific. The Montana Arts Council will convene a panel of poets and literary experts, among others, to select three finalists from among the nominations. These names will be submitted to the Montana Arts Council for approval and finalization. The Poet Laureate of Montana will then be chosen by Governor Schweitzer from among these nominees in the summer of 2011.

The Poet Laureate will be chosen on the basis of three criteria:
•Excellence as evidenced by the submitted poetry samples.
•Exemplary professionalism as evidenced by an established history of substantial and significant publication and special honors, awards, fellowships, or other recognition.
• Advancement of poetry in Montana communities.

For further information, please call or email Kim Baraby Hurtle: (406) 444-6639, khurtle@mt.gov.

Nominations for the 2011-2013 Montana Poet Laureate Are Open

Henry Real Bird Presents a Reading

The YMCA Writer’s Voice is pleased to present a reading by the Montana Poet Laureate Henry Real Bird, author of Horse Tracks, at noon, Thursday, December 16 at the Western Heritage Center. This event is free and open to the public. Horse Tracks, a collection of poetry, was published October, 2010 by Lost Horse Press. Books will be available for purchase at the reading.
Henry Real Bird was named Montana’s poet laureate in 2009 by Governor Brian Schweitzer. Montana State University-Billings honored him in 2010 as an outstanding alumna, Recognition for Exceptional Achievement. An article about his unique way of promoting poetry recently aired on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”
Real Bird is a rancher and educator who raises bucking horses on Yellow Leggins Creek in the Wolf Teeth Mountains. He was born and raised on the Crow Indian Reservation in the tradition of the Crow by his grandparents Mark and Florence Real Bird. Educated in Montana at Crow Agency, Hardin, Bozeman, and Billings, he has a master’s degree in general education. Henry has punched cows, worked in rodeos, and taught school from Kindergarten to college level. He began writing poetry in 1969 after an extended stay in the hospital. He still speaks Crow as his primary language and feels this has helped in writing his poetry.
The inner heart commotion of Henry Real Bird is poised in a physical and metaphysical terrain marked by the history, culture, language and identity of his Apsaalooke nation. At the same time, no one else contemplates broncs, Chinook winds, the Wolf Teeth Mountains and forgotten creek beds in the way that Real Bird does—his is a careful, astute eye that reminds us again and again of our own interrelation, of our responsibility to all beings, all places that make up our world and beyond.
—M. L. Smoker, author of Another Attempt At Rescue

Henry Real Bird’s poems are of the moment and thus timeless. We look to Henry for a check of the pulse of things coded in words that work to decipher what he often calls “feelings.” But are they more like soundings of the heart and of the earth? And then again are they poems, songs, or prayers? All I know is I’m glad they are preserved.
—Hal Cannon, Founding Director, Western Folklife Center

Henry Real Bird Presents a Reading