New from Arni at the Montana Arts Council:
(HELENA) – Governor Brian Schweitzer appointed Henry Real Bird as Montana’s poet laureate.
“It is an honor to appoint Henry Real Bird as poet laureate,” said Governor Brian Schweitzer. “Our heritage, our lives and our way of life in this great state are often expressed through poetry and the work of Henry Real Bird brings so much of Montana to life. This is a unique opportunity to bring poetry to the people of Montana.”
Henry Real Bird, Garryowen. Real Bird is a rancher and former rodeo cowboy, and raises champion bucking horses. He has been featured at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada and has published 12 children’s books, a poetry book, Where Shadows Are Born, and has an audio compact disc, Rivers of Horse. Real Bird has won the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and was featured in the award-winning documentary “Why the Cowboy Sings.” He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Albuquerque and a master’s degree from Eastern Montana College (now Montana State University – Billings). He is the third Montana Poet Laureate and succeeds Greg Pape, whose term expired. Real Bird and his wife and children live on the O-W Ranch in Big Horn County.
The Montana Poet Laureate recognizes and honors a citizen poet of exceptional talent and accomplishment. The Poet Laureate's role is to encourage appreciation of poetry and literary life in Montana by giving readings and presentations throughout the state, making poetry available to a wide state audience. The Montana Poet Laureate position was established by the Montana legislature in 2005.
For more information about the Poet Laureate program, please contact the Montana Arts Council at 406-444-6430 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.