Montana Poet Laureate 2005 – 2007

Sandra Alcosser

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Sandra Alcosser grew up east of the Mississippi and moved to Montana thirty years ago to work with the Montana Arts Council traveling fifty thousand miles to share poetry with fifty thousand people in rural and urban communities from Dixon to Poplar, Bozeman to Browning to Rapelje.

She received an MFA from the University of Montana where she studied with Richard Hugo and later returned as the Richard Hugo Visiting Professor. Her honors include two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and the Merriam Award for Distinguished Contribution to Montana Literature.

Poems from her seven books have appeared in The New York Times,The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She is currently the National Endowment for the Arts Conservation Poet for Poets House New York and the Wildlife Conservation Society and the poetry editor for The Wildlife Conservation Society's "State of the Wild."

Her most recent book of poems, "Except by Nature", selected for the National Poetry Series, received four national awards including the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. James Tate chose "A Fish to Feed All Hunger", her first book of poems, for the Associated Writing Program's Award Series in Poetry.

Alcosser founded and directs the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at San Diego State University each fall, as well as SDSU's International Writers Summer Program at National University of Ireland, Galway. She lives in Florence, Montana.

Term: July 13, 2005 – August 13, 2007

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