“Dances with Words” is produced by English Professor Alan Weltzien. The series, free and open to the public, provides the community with a unique opportunity to listen to writers reading their own works, including Montana Western student writers.
Bethany Blankenship, Montana Western English Professor, hosted this particular event. Jed Berry, English Instructor at Montana Western, introduced Jaeger, expressing that Jaeger’s work is no different from a piece of music, as his poetry is timeless.
Jaeger’s latest book, “Earth-blood & Star-shine,” is a collection of praise poems submerged with humor and appreciation. “This collection is about aging. That thing that other people do that I haven’t started yet,” Jaeger humorously jested.
Jaeger, who enjoys interacting with the audiences at his readings, recited many poems from his latest book including “Wondrous World,” “Genesis,” “Tilt” and more.
“Poetry is an art. It awakens the senses and brightens the brain. It is my wakeup call every day,” said Jaeger.
As Montana Poet Laureate, Jaeger has attended over 130 events in Montana and surrounding states.
Each performance in the “Dances with Words” series takes place at The Cup, Montana Western’s coffeehouse located below the library on the UMW campus.
Featured artists’ books at “Dances with Words” are made available for purchase by The Bookstore and Deb Sporich.
For more information, please contact Alan Weltzien by email at [email protected] or call 406-683-7431.