Michael Czarnecki featured at Oct. 13 Dances with Words

UMW News Bureau

October’s guest reader for Montana Western English Department’s Dances With Words series will be Michael Czarnecki, a poet and publisher from rural New York state. He will appear at the Cup on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. By Sharon Christensen October’s guest reader for Montana Western English Department’s Dances With Words series will be Michael Czarnecki, a poet and publisher from rural New York state. He will appear at the Cup on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. Czarnecki’s latest works include "The Acadia Cycle," a limited edition bound series of twelve poems drawing from four decades of experiences in Acadia National Park and representing each month of the year. "Never Stop Asking for Poems," another recent work written by Czarnecki, includes “Elegy for the Road, Kerouac’s Ghost,” a chapbook that New York State Literary Tree’s website describes as “a long poem lamenting the passing of the old hitchhiking days and the spirit of spontaneity.” Over the years, Czarnecki has led numerous poetry and writing workshops for youth and adults in varioius settings, from coffeehouses to literary centers and museums. Czarnecki also worked with children as a poet-in-residence in almost twenty schools across New York and Iowa. Since 1986, Czarnecki and his wife have run Foothills Publishing on a 50-acre homestead in upstate New York. The small publishing company is a family operation helping to print the works of poets who have met publishing obstacles. Surrounded by an Amish community, the entire homestead is run off the electrical grid and all of the books are hand-stitched and printed from a press powered by donated automobiles. Foothills Publishing also recently published six volumes of Montana poets, including the work of Montana Western professor Roger Dunsmore.