may 20, 2022 at 5:30 PM

This House of Books will host the Montana Conversations program “A Reading with Montana’s Poet Laureate” with Lowell Jaeger on Friday, May 20, 2022. The program will be at This House of Books, 224 N. Broadway, Billings, from 5:30-7pm. The presentation is free and open to the public. Funding for the Montana Conversations program is provided by Humanities Montana through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Montana’s Cultural Trust, and private donations.

Join us as Lowell Jaeger promotes his newest book, Ice Fishing with Fourth-Graders. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

At Jaeger’s readings, expect humor, expect serious reflection, expect to examine the “human condition” in all its marvelous complexity. He enjoys interacting with audiences. He enjoys sharing the stage with other Montana poets. In between reading from his own work, he enjoys reciting from memory the poems of Robert Frost, Donald Hall, Richard Wilbur, and others. Let’s light up the evening with the splendid magic of the spoken word!

Poet William Stafford said of Lowell Jaeger’s poems, “He has gone inside the feelings and thoughts that mark our part of the century. He makes me realize how serious and focused—and engaged—poetry can be.” Jaeger’s poems spring from direct experience with his subject matter—people of all walks of life, especially the people of Montana with whom Lowell has rubbed elbows for the past 30 years. Poet Denise Levertov, who chose Jaeger’s poem “Ernesto di Fiori’s ‘Soldier’” for the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize, called Jaeger’s poems “vivid and compelling…brave in [the poem’s] wide-eyed acceptance of life as it is.” Poet Kathleen Spivak praised Jaeger’s poems as “Clear, magnificently expressed, Lowell Jaeger’s poems are poignant in their honesty.” And poet Marvin Bell said of Jaeger’s work, “We are indicted by experience, and this is its honest language.”

Lowell Jaeger serves as Humanities Division Chair at Flathead Valley Community College where he has taught writing courses for the past 30 years. He is a national trainer of discussion facilitators for the Center for Civic Reflection, an organization which promotes civil civic discourse.

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