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Melissa Kwasny

Winner of several awards for her poetry, including the Montana Art Council's 2010 Artist's Innovation Award, Melissa Kwasny also is one of two Montana Poets Laureate for 2019–21, an honor she shares with Mandy Smoker Broaddus.

The author of Where Outside the Body Is the Soul Today (2017), Pictograph: Poems, (2015), and other acclaimed poetry collections, Melissa traveled the world to research her book, Putting on the Dog: The Animal Origins of What We Wear, a nonfiction examination of the complex question of what should we wear. In a world where it is impossible to be ethically pure, Melissa shows the better choices are not obvious. Melissa has taught poetry writing in graduate and undergraduate programs and in the public schools for over thirty years

Melissa lives in Basin, Montana. This community, known as an artist's retreat and destination for health-minded people looking for a cure at the area radon mines, lies about 10 miles southeast of the Continental Divide in a high narrow canyon in the Elkhorn Mountains along Interstate 15 about halfway between Butte and Helena.

Melissa has been a member-owner since May 2019. 


 

Putting on the Dog: The Animal Origins of What We Wear Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9781595348647
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Published: Trinity University Press - April 17th, 2019

Where Outside the Body Is the Soul Today (Pacific Northwest Poetry) Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780295742441
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Published: University of Washington Press - October 2nd, 2017

Pictograph: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571314628
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Published: Milkweed Editions - April 28th, 2015

Earth Recitals: Essays on Image & Vision Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780899241289
Published: Lynx House Press - January 25th, 2013

I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights Cover Image
By Melissa Kwasny (Editor), M. L. Smoker (Editor)
$21.06
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ISBN: 9780980028973
Published: Lost Horse Press - September 13th, 2011

Thistle: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780976211419
Published: Lost Horse Press and Lynx House Press - September 13th, 2011

I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights Cover Image
By Melissa Kwasny (Editor), M. L. Smoker (Editor)
$21.06
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ISBN: 9780980028973
Published: Lost Horse Press - September 13th, 2011

The Nine Senses Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781571314376
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Published: Milkweed Editions - March 1st, 2011

Reading Novalis in Montana Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571314291
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Published: Milkweed Editions - January 27th, 2009

Toward the Open Field: Poets on the Art of Poetry, 1800-1950 (Wesleyan Poetry) Cover Image
By Melissa Kwasny (Editor)
$44.93
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ISBN: 9780819566072
Published: Wesleyan University Press - June 24th, 2004

Toward the Open Field: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop (Wesleyan Poetry) Cover Image
By Melissa Kwasny (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780819566065
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Published: Wesleyan - June 24th, 2004

The Archival Birds Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780965717762
Published: Bear Star Press - January 1st, 2000