Molly Damm & Todd Burritt

Poet Molly Damm and author Todd Burritt will read from new books, both strongly-rooted in the natural world, at Elk River Books on Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m.

Damm is the author of Ground-truth, praised for its “ravishing physicality” and “indelible images” by Paul Guest, author of Because Everything is Terrible. She earned an MFA from the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow in Poetry. Her writing has appeared in Colorado Review, Drunken Boat, The Collagist, Sou’wester, and Western Humanities Review, among others. Born in Detroit, she now lives in Bozeman and teaches at Montana State University.

Ground-truth is a field guide breviary for anyone who feels ‘the loneliness of being tethered / here’ on earth, our island home,” writes Lisa Russ Spaar, author of Orexia. “Each poem is a signal fire, the poet’s imagination soaring where the grounded body cannot go.”

Burritt describes himself as a life-long student of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), having lived and worked in five of its communities, leading trail crews and working as a ranger in five different wilderness areas, as well as walking and skiing the lengths of all 12 of the region’s core mountain ranges. He is the author of Outside Ourselves: Landscape and Meaning in the Greater Yellowstone, which stems from his two-month long hike across the entire GYE.

George Wuerthner, author of Protecting the Wild: Parks and Wilderness, the Foundation for Conservation, calls Outside Ourselves, “a very thoughtful book, and one of the best I’ve read about personal experiences in the wilderness.”

The free event will be held upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St. in Livingston, and will be followed by a book signing and reception. For more information, call 333-2330.

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