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Montana's Poet Laureate in the Classroom


with Lowell Jaeger

author, professor at Flathead Valley Community College

Lowell Jaeger, Montana’s Poet Laureate, enjoys bringing poetry to students of all ages and backgrounds. Everyone likes to laugh, and poetry can help us do that. Poetry can also nudge us toward meaningful discussion concerning important personal and social topics. He can customize his visit to fit the needs of your curriculum, your classroom, your students.

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."