High Plains Book Award Finalists Have UM Connections

June 18, 2018

MISSOULA – The High Plains Book Award has announced finalists for its 2018 awards, including two books with University of Montana connections.

UM environmental studies Associate Professor Rosalyn LaPier received the honor for her recent University of Nebraska Press book, “Invisible Reality: Storytellers, Storytakers and the Supernatural World of the Blackfeet.” Her book was nominated in the Indigenous Writer category.

Randall Gloege’s collection of poems, “The Bunch Grass Motel,” also was named a finalist in the Poetry category. The book was published by UM Press in fall 2017 and edited by Bernard Quetchenbach.

“Randall Gloege bears witness to the quirks, specifically, and beauty of his Montana homeland, performing that essential lyric function of revealing the world that makes and unmakes us,” said Ken Egan, director of Humanities Montana at UM.

The awards will be announced in October at the High Plains BookFest.

“UM is proud of its strong support of faculty research and writing, including its promotion of the distinctive voices of the state’s varied and deep cultural heritage,” said Ashby Kinch, director of UM Press.

For more information about LaPier’s book, visit http://www.umt.edu/umpress/umpress-books/gloege.php.

For more information on “The Bunch Grass Motel,” visit http://www.umt.edu/umpress/umpress-books/gloege.php.


Contact: Ashby Kinch, UM professor of English and associate dean of the Graduate School, director of UM Press, 406-243-6695, ashby.kinch@mso.umt.edu.