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Roger Dunsmore, Jenni Fallein, and Isan Brant

April 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us on Friday, April 26 at 7 pm for an evening of poetry with Roger Dunsmore, Jenni Fallein, and Isan Brant in celebration of Roger’s new book, On the Chinese Wall: New & Selected Poems 1966-2018

Roger Dunsmore taught Humanities, Wilderness Studies, and American Indian Literature at the University of Montana (Missoula & Dillon) from 1963-2013.  He trained teachers for the largest Indian high school in the U.S. on the Navaho Reservation, 1988-89, and was faculty exchange fellow between UM and Shanghai International Studies University in 1991 & 97.   Earth’s Mind: Essays in Native Literature was published by U of New Mexico Press, 1997.  Blood House, his second volume of poems, 1987, was selected by the Yellowstone Arts Center, Billings, for their Regional Writer’s Project “to promote fine writing about the American West.” His China poems, Tiger Hill, was awarded an Individual Artists Fellowship from the Montana Arts Council in 2001.  He was a founding member and mentor  of the Bent Grass Poetry Troupe, 2005-2013.  Humanities Montana selected him as one of their Humanities Heroes in 2012.  His fifth volume of poetry, On the Chinese Wall: New & Selected Poems, 1966-2018 was published by Drumlummon Institute of Helena, Mt. last September: (Here, among echoes of Archilochos and Meister Eckhart, can be found a poem for a loose ram, a poem for a woman kissing all the icons in the Byzantine Museum in Athens, a poem for a trapper in Montana whose pet wolverine loved Oreo cookies, and a man named Mike Blue Horse, ‘best night-hawker on the Hi-line,’ dancing solo in a bar in Montana.)  Dunsmore has been short-listed to the governor for the position of Montana Poet Laureate twice, 2005 & 2007.  Currently, he is beginning his sixth year of staple-gunning the work of other poets monthly to utility poles and in small businesses in his Coeur d’Alene, Idaho neighborhood.

Jenni Fallein and her husband, Roger Dunsmore, have hosted poetry circles in their home since 1998 (Shanghai, China).  Together they have traveled with Bent Grass Poetry Troupe doing readings throughout Montana and taught yoga and poetry for five years at Elkhorn Women’s Correctional Facility.
Her first volume of poems, If Beauty Were a Spy, was published by Foothills Publishing in 2010.  She has also published in Gumball Poetry, Night Corn – (Bent Grass Press), Poems Across the Big Sky: a Montana Anthology (Many Voices Press), and Trestle Creek Review (North Idaho College).  She now lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho where she writes, paints and studies meditation and yoga.  Her son, Ben Parzybok is a writer in Portland and his wife Laura Moulton is the creator, among other things, of Street Books – a mobile library for people who live outside in Portland.

Isan Brant is visual artist and poet. She holds an MFA in studio art from University of Arizona and trained with master Thangka painters in Nepal as a Fulbright Fellow. A founding member of the poetry troupe, Bentgrass, she has read poetry throughout rural Montana. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Photo by Eric Muhr on Unsplash


April 26, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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