Montana poet, songwriter and artist Greg Keeler will read from his latest book, The Bluebird Run, at Elk River Books’ seventh anniversary party on Thursday, May 24, at 7 p.m.
The latest publication of Elk River Books, The Bluebird Run is a collection of 180 new sonnets that range from humorous flights to poignant meditations on loss, love, aging and the fate of humanity in the face of looming environmental and social crises.
“With these poems Greg Keeler brings us along as he wanders, ever so knowledgably, through both his heart and his heartland,” writes William Pitt Root. “Or let me put it this way: If these sonnets were trout streams they’d be full of rainbows and cutthroats alike.”
Keeler has previously published two memoirs, Waltzing with the Captain: Remembering Richard Brautigan and Trash Fish: a Life. He has written seven collections of poetry—most recently, Almost Happy from Limberlost Press. He illustrated Jim Harrison’s chapbook, Livingston Suite, and NPR’s Car Talk aired his song “WD-40 Polka.” He lives in Bozeman where he taught in the English Department at Montana State University for nearly four decades.
In addition to the trade paperback of The Bluebird Run, Elk River Books is offering a limited linen hardcover edition of only 26 copies. This special collector’s item comes with a broadside of Keeler’s poem “A Belly Full of Stream,” letterpressed with handset type by Aaron Parrett of the Territorial Press in Helena. Each broadside has been hand-painted and signed by Keeler, whose artwork is featured on the book cover.
This book marks the third publication produced by Elk River Books. The others are the High Plains Book Award finalist Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of Greater Yellowstone and Vagabond Song: Neo-Haibun from the Peregrine Journals by the bookstore’s co-owner Marc Beaudin.
The free event takes place upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St. For more information, visit ElkRiverBooks.com, or call (406) 333-2330.