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Below are the guidelines for the Poet Laureate program. Please call 406/444-6430 if you would like more information.
- DO NOT STAPLE any page in the set of nomination materials.
- 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?
- 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.]
- 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?
- 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.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kim Baraby Hurtle, Montana Arts Council
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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