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Fall 2012 Dances with Words schedule

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The fall 2012 Dances with Words series will feature poets and authors from Idaho, Missouri and Montana.

The Sept. 6 Dances with Words reading will feature poets Ron McFarland and Georgia Tiffany of Moscow, Idaho. Tiffany has published poems in South Dakota Review, The Malahat Review, Willow Springs, Orbis, Poetry Ireland, Fugue, North Dakota Quarterly and Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, among other publications. She lives in Spokane, Wash. and teaches world literature and philosophy, humanities and creative writing. Tiffany is also a teacher-consultant with the Northwest Inland Writing Project at the University of Idaho.

A poet and literary critic, McFarland teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Idaho. He is the author of “Subtle Thieves,” “The Long Life of Evangeline: A History of the Longfellow Poem in Print, in Adaptation and in Popular Culture” and “The Rockies in First Person.”

The Oct. 4 Dances with Words reading will feature poets Eamonn and Drucilla Wall of St. Louis, Mo. The Walls both teach at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Drucilla's first book of poems, "Geese at the Gates," was published last year. Eamonn has published several books of poems and at least two books of literary criticism. Eamonn also holds an endowed chair in Irish-American Studies and is a well-known author in the Irish-American writer community.

The Nov. 1 Dances with Words reading will feature fiction author Glen Chamberlain of Montana State University. Chamberlain, a recent addition to Bozeman's English Department, published her first collection of short stories, “Conjugations of the Verb To Be,” last year and was featured at the Missoula BookFest.

The Dec. 6 Dances with Words reading will feature “The Three Sisters” poets Jenni Fallein, Ann Haggett and Carol Peck of Dillon, Mont. The Jan. 24 Dances with Words reading will feature poet Rebecca Knotts of Dillon, Mont. Knotts’ first book of poetry is being published this year by Foothills Publishing. She is a visiting assistant professor in the UMW English Department.

The Feb. 21 Dances with Words reading will feature nonfiction author Gary Ferguson of Red Lodge, Mont. Ferguson, an avid outdoorsman, has published many books of environmental writing on a range of topics.

The March 28 Dances with Words reading will feature poet Mark Gibbons of Missoula, Mont. Gibbons has published several books of poetry with his most recent coming from Foothills Publishing.

The April 25 Dances with Words reading will feature nonfiction author Brandon Schrand of Moscow, Idaho. Schrand was originally schedule for April, 2012 but had to cancel due to illness. He has published two books of nonfiction and is currently at work on his third. Montana Western and local patrons fund the Dances with Words series.

All readings will be at 7:30 p.m. in The Cup coffee shop located on the lower level of the Swysgood Technology Center (STC) on the UMW campus.