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Honor, Hope, and Healing: “The Snow Geese Path” by Melissa Kwasny

Melissa Kwasny
Humanities Montana

For Honor, Hope and Healing Week, listen to host Lauren Korn read “The Snow Geese Path” by Melissa Kwasny. You can also read the poem, which was originally published in High Desert Journal.

Melissa Kwasny is Montana's poet laureate for 2019-2021, a position she shares with M.L. Smoker. Kwasny has written six books of poetry, including Where Outside the Body Is the Soul Today and Pictograph, as well as prose, such as Putting on the Dog: Animal Origins of What We Wear.

Her writings are also widely published in journals, including Willow Springs, Threepenny Review, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review,Orion, Bellingham Review, Kenyon Review, and Boston Review. Kwasny's poems and essays are also included in the anthologies The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral, Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart, Poems Across the Big Sky, and New Poets of the American West, as well as West of 98: Living and Writing the American West.

Kwasny is the recipient of the Poetry Society of America Cecil Hemley Award and Alice Fay di Castagnola Award for a work in progress, and the Montana Art Council's Artist's Innovation Award. She lives in Basin, Montana.

Lauren R. Korn holds an M.A. in poetry from the University of New Brunswick, where she was the recipient of the Tom Riesterer Memorial Prize and the Angela Ludan Levine Memorial Book Prize. A former bookseller and the former Director of the Montana Book Festival, she is now an Arts and Culture Producer at Montana Public Radio and the host of it’s literature-based radio program and podcast, ‘The Write Question.’
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