UM Creative Writing Program to Host Poetry Reading on Change

September 26, 2017

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Creative Writing Program and Montana Book Festival, along with 100 Thousand Poets for Change, will host a poetry reading from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Missoula Art Museum outdoor park, located at 335 N. Pattee St.

Graduate students in the Creative Writing Program at UM have curated the Missoula event, selecting a diverse group of readers from the submissions. The selected poems all revolve around the theme of change.

“While compiling entries, our judges were impressed at the vulnerability and rigor of the submissions in response to the Global Day of Change,” said Jordan Chestnut, a second-year MFA poet. “As poets, we have the gift of collectively envisioning and interpreting historical events. We hope this event will reflect the diverse interpretations and applications of the word ‘change’ – rightfully layered – in relations to the self, the environment and social justice.”

Since 2011, 100 Thousand Poets for Change has organized events around the world to promote peace, justice and sustainability. Sept. 30 is the organization’s “Global Event Day,” and poets around the world will read poems calling for positive change in social and environmental justice issues. To learn more visit

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

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