Invasion of the Billings Poets

Jul 1, 2016 | Events

Billings Poets poster
Elk River Books will host a group reading featuring Billings-based poets Tami Haaland, Dave Caserio, Cara Chamberlain and Bernard Quechenbach, on Tuesday, July 12, at 7 p.m. The event will present the quartet of writers in round robin style.

Haaland, the former poet laureate of Montana, is the author of When We Wake in the Night, and Breath in Every Room, winner of the Nicholas Roerich Prize. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies and have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily and American Life in Poetry. She chairs the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages at Montana State University Billings.

Caserio is the author of This Vanishing and Wisdom For A Dance In The Street, a CD of poetry and music. A recipient of a poetry fellowship from the New York State Foundation of the Arts, Dave has worked with various community outreach programs, including the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau, Arts Without Boundaries, the Billings YMCA/Writer’s Voice and the Billings Clinic Cancer Center conducting writing workshops for cancer survivors.

Chamberlain is the author of three books of poetry, Hidden Things, The Divine Botany and Lament of the Antichrist in a Secular World and Other Poems (forthcoming in 2017). She has received four Pushcart Prize nominations and has been a finalist in the Ashland Poetry Press, Lo-Fi Novella and Blue Light Book Award contests.

Quetchenbach, a 2015 Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation Artist-in-Residence, is a fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers. His poems, essays, articles and reviews have appeared in a variety of books, journals and anthologies. He has published two books and two chapbooks of poetry, the most recent of which is The Hermit’s Place. His essay collection The Music of Circumstance is forthcoming from Oregon State University Press.

The free event will take place upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St. and will be followed by a book signing and reception. Elk River Books specializes in collectible outdoor, regional and Western history books, and provides a lively venue for southwest Montana’s unique literary community. For more information, call 333-2330.


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