Local Literary Culture

Program Description

As a poet raised on the Hi-Line and as a professor of creative writing, Haaland knows the benefit of bringing cultural activities to rural and urban environments. In this program, Haaland leads either a writing workshop or a discussion tailored to the needs of each community. From facilitating a discussion of short works by Montana authors to exploring multi-genre writing through prompts and activities, these presentations can inspire your group to new writing and reading frontiers. Included in these programs are practical conversations about the challenges of building and sustaining writing groups and literary programs, and innovative ways to succeed in cultivating local talent and creating a series of guest artists to nourish literary communities across the state.

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