The Billings Public Library will present poet and Northwest College professor emeritus Ron Hitchcock on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in the community room.

Hitchcock’s wide-ranging poetry celebrates and questions human existence in the natural world. Forests, streams, woodlands, and the animals that dwell there fascinate him — as does human behavior.

Hitchcock writes with a biologist’s wisdom. While Hitchcock is an adult author, many of his poems will appeal to children as well. His collection, "Places and Fables," features whimsical passages that introduce the reader to snowy owls and flying squirrels. During his readings he enjoys acting out the parts of animals like moose or snakes.

The author grew up in the St. Lawrence River Valley of northern New York. He received graduate degrees in wildlife biology at Auburn, Alabama. After his post-doctorate work, he found his niche teaching at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, where his interdisciplinary approach to biology inspired students to believe in the breadth of themselves. He is a keen observer of the wilds both outside and within.

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