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Alan Weltzien to read at Jan. 19 Dances with Words

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University of Montana Western Professor of English and author Alan Weltzien will be the first speaker of the new semester at the Dances with Words speaker series on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in The Cup coffee shop located on the lower level of the Swysgood Technology Center (STC). UMW NEWS BUREAU University of Montana Western Professor of English and author Alan Weltzien will be the first speaker of the new semester at the Dances with Words speaker series on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in The Cup coffee shop located on the lower level of the Swysgood Technology Center (STC). Weltzien’s newest book, “To Kilimanjaro and Back,” derives from a trip to East Africa in June 2009. The poetry chapbook was published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press in Nacogdoches, Texas. Describing himself as “a born again poet,” Weltzien chronicles his experience with poems about the animals, people and plants of his tour to Africa. “The book also details the discomfort and complicity that is the dilemma of any tourist from the so-called ‘First World,’” Weltzien explained. The trip to Africa also included visits to Nairobi, the Ngorongoro Crater World Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park and a trip to the summit of Africa’s tallest mountain, Kilimanjaro. Upcoming Dances with Words readings include:
  • Feb. 23: Christy Keyes, Wisdom, Mont. Fiction and nonfiction.
  • April 9: Brandon Schrand, University of Idaho. Nonfiction.
  • April 26: Jamie Ford, Great Falls, Mont. Fiction*
*Note: Jame Ford's reading will occur in the STC Great Room.  His visit is being supported through a Humanities Montana Opportunity grant.