Award-Winning Poet to Read at UM Feb. 20

February 03, 2015

MISSOULA – Thomas Sayers Ellis, a University of Montana Creative Writing Program Visiting Hugo Fellow, will present a poetry reading at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Sayers Ellis is the author of two poetry collections, “Skin, Inc.” and “The Maverick Room,” which won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award. His poems and photographs have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including “Best American Poetry” in 1997, 2001 and 2010, Callaloo, Grant Street, The Baffler, Jubilat, Tin House, Poetry and The Nation.

He is a faculty member of both the Lesley University low-residency Master of Fine Arts Program and Cave Canem Foundation. Sayers Ellis is spending the spring semester teaching poetry at UM.

“Thomas Sayers Ellis has a fierce and raw awareness of the language: both its music and its tangential meanings,” UM Master of Fine Arts student Jordan Konkol said. “You can tell just by how he carries himself and speaks and engages with students … that Thomas is a true poet.”

For more information visit the UM Creative Writing Program website at, call program coordinator Karin Schalm at 406-243-5267 or email

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