Chris LaTray

Chris LaTray

An Elk River Arts & Lectures event with Montana's new Poet Laureate, Chris LaTray.

Book cover image of Descended from a Travel-Worn JournalElk River Arts & Lectures presents Métis storyteller and current poet laureate of Montana, Chris La Tray, to read from and discuss his works on Monday, Oct. 9, at Elk River Books.

La Tray is a descendent of the Pembina Band of the mighty Red River of the North and an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He is currently a board member for All Nations Health Center in Missoula – one of 41 Urban Indian Health Programs (UIHP) located throughout the United States – and a member of the advisory board for Swan Valley Connections in Condon. He is the author of One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays from the World at Large, which won the 2018 Montana Book Award and a 2019 High Plains Book Award, and a collection of haiku and haibun, Descended from a Travel-worn Satchel. His third book, Becoming Little Shell, will be published by Milkweed Editions in 2024.

La Tray’s visit is made possible by the generous support of the Park County Community Foundation and individual donors. During his time in Livingston, La Tray will meet with students at Park High.

Elk River Books is located at 122 S. 2nd St. in downtown Livingston. The free event begins at 7 p.m., and a book signing and reception will follow.

Elk River Arts & Lectures is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating and celebrating the literary arts and legacy of Livingston. For more information visit

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