Lowell Jaeger, a Bigfork resident and nationally recognized poet, was named the Montana Poet Laureate.
Gov. Steve Bullock named Jaeger to the state’s honorary two-year position last week. Jaeger takes over for outgoing Poet Laureate Michael Earl Craig.
Jaeger serves as a professor of English and creative writing at Flathead Valley Community College. He is author of six collections of poems: War On War (Utah State University Press, 1988), Hope Against Hope (Utah State University Press 1990), Suddenly Out of a Long Sleep (Arctos Press, 2009), WE (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2010), How Quickly What’s Passing Goes Past (Grayson Books, 2013) and Driving the Back Road Home (Shabda Press, 2015).
He is founding editor of Many Voices Press and recently edited New Poets of the American West, an anthology of poets from western states. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, winner of the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize, and recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council. In 2010, Jaeger was awarded the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award for his work in promoting civil discourse.
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