Visiting Hugo Writer, Poet Bitsui to Read at UM

March 12, 2014

MISSOULA – Poet Sherwin Bitsui, the University of Montana Creative Writing Program’s current Visiting Hugo Writer, will perform a poetry reading at 7 p.m. Friday, March 21, in the Turner Hall Dell Brown Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Bitsui is the author of two books of poetry: “Shapeshift” and “Flood Song.” He has published his poems in Narrative, Black Renaissance Noir, American Poet, The Iowa Review, LIT and elsewhere. His poems were anthologized in “Between Water & Song” and “Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century.”

Bitsui’s recent honors include a 2011 Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship and a 2011 Native Arts & Culture Foundation Arts Fellowship. He received the 2010 PEN Open Book Award, an American Book Award and a Whiting Writers Award.

He originally is from White Cone, Ariz., on the Navajo Reservation and currently lives in Tuscon, Ariz. He is a Dine of the Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tl’izilani (Many Goats Clan).

The Hugo Visiting Writer is a faculty position in the UM Creative Writing Program that honors former professor and renowned poet Richard Hugo. For more information call Karin Schalm, Creative Writing Program coordinator, at 406-243-5267, email or visit



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Contact: Karin Schalm, coordinator, UM Creative Writing Program, 406-243-5267,