Inspiring Young Writers

Program Description

For over six years, Haaland has brought innovative writing workshops to classrooms across Montana and as far away as England. In this program, she leads students in an exploration of multi-genre writing through prompts and activities which can inspire students to new writing frontiers. These presentations can be coordinated with topics already present in the classroom, or they can emphasize certain themes such as point of view, persona, physical detail or other areas best suited to individual groups.

Presenter Bio

Tami Haaland is the author of three poetry collections, What Does Not Return, When We Wake in the Night, and Breath in Every Room, winner of the Nicholas Roerich First Book Award. Haaland’s poems have appeared in High Desert Journal, Consequence, Ascent, The Ecopoetry Anthology, and many other periodicals and anthologies. Her work has also been featured on The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and American Life in Poetry. She has received an Artist Innovation Award from Montana Arts Council and a Governor’s Humanities Award from Humanities Montana. From 2013 to 2015 Haaland served as Montana Poet Laureate. She is a professor of English at Montana State University – Billings.


Tami Haaland
Former Montana poet laureate, professor, Montana State University –Billings
(406) 657-2948