In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Montana State University Billings Library and the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages will host a faculty poetry readings April 8.
The first of the two-part series, scheduled for April 1, was to feature student poets reciting works by well-known authors alongside original poems, and international students reciting poetry in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and other languages. A reception was set to follow the reading.
“By presenting the original poetry works of our students and faculty, as well as from renowned and emerging poets, the poetry series aims to celebrate poetry and showcase the talents of great MSU Billings poets,” library director Brent Roberts said.
Tami Haaland, professor of English, and Bernie Quetchenbach, associate professor of English, will read from their published and unpublished works of poetry in the faculty poetry reading.
Recently appointed as Montana’s Poet Laureate, Haaland is the author of two books of poetry, “Breath in Every Room” and “When We Wake in the Night.” Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies and has been featured in the Writers’ Almanac and American Life in Poetry.
Quetchenbach teaches courses in American literature, environmental literature, creative writing and composition. His most recent book, “The Hermit’s Place,” is an illustrated collection of poetry published by Wild Leaf Press. Quetchenback’s poems, essays, and articles have also appeared in a variety of books, journals and anthologies.
Free and open to the public, the reading will be held in the Language Arts building, room 205, beginning at 6:30 p.m.