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UMW's Gary Lundy opens Dances with Words

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Montana Western English professor and published author Gary Lundy will open the University of Montana Western’s Dances with Words fall series on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. By Kaitlin Ens Montana Western English professor and published author Gary Lundy will open the University of Montana Western’s Dances with Words fall series on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Lundy will read in The Cup, the university’s coffee shop located on the lower level of the Swysgood Technology Center. All of the poems selected for the reading are new pieces from his manuscript of prose poetry, “heartbreak elopes into a kind of forgiving.” “It’s filled with longing for sure,” Lundy said of his manuscript. “Longing for a time that’s past, and for friends who are no longer in Dillon. There are repetitions of color, of two lovers, dealing with gender and sexuality, and much more.” The Thursday presentation will be Lundy’s first campus reading since his 2008 Dances with Words presentation. In addition to the upcoming reading of his newest works, Lundy is also celebrating fresh successes in publishing his poetry. Poetry Now recently published “finally love,” and RiverSedge accepted the poems “he sits holding his head between his eyes,” and “he feels a meager sense of place since he left you” for publication in the spring 2011 issue. Lundy has five other forthcoming poems in heeltap, Elements, subterraneans:a journal of lesbian and gay writers, clara venus, and Pudding Magazine. Other published works by Lundy include three poetry chapbooks, pieces in two anthologies, numerous individual poems, and prose pieces appearing in over 20 different journals. Lundy’s appreciation for unique creativity flows into his personal writings as well as his classes. “As a professor he pushes you to reach the forbidden,” literature and writing senior Chelsea Pippin explained. “No matter how good a poem is, he always encourages you to go further and dig deeper into a place that is unexplored. He pushes himself in the same manner and it shows in his writings.” After receiving a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado - Denver in 1979, Lundy went on to earn an M.A. in English from the State University of New York – Binghamton in 1982 and a Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York – Binghamton in 1986. Lundy taught as a professor of English at State University of New York College – Oswego and Saint Paul’s College before coming to the University of Montana Western in 1991. Since then, he has been the English Department chair for a total of seven years as well as participating on multiple committees and boards and serving as a faculty advisor for numerous Montana Western organizations and clubs. Montana Western’s English department sponsors the Dances with Words series, which allows community and campus members to enjoys the works of both local and visiting writers and poets. The university and local patrons fund the series. The series received additional support through a $1,000 “Opportunity Grant” from Humanities Montana. The next Dances with Words will feature Deirdre McNamer on Nov. 1.
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