Montana Poet Laureate 2007 – 2009
Greg Pape is the author of Border Crossings, Black Branches, Storm Pattern (all originally published by University of Pittsburgh Press), Sunflower Facing the Sun (winner of the Edwin Ford Piper Prize, now called the Iowa Prize, and published by University of Iowa Press), and American Flamingo (winner of a Crab Orchard Open Competition Award, and published by Southern Illinois University Press. Black Branches was reprinted in the Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporaries Series. His work has appeared in such magazines as The Atlantic Monthly, Bloomsbury Review, Colorado Review, Cutbank, Field, Iowa Review, Louisville Review, The New Yorker, Northwest Review, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, River Styx, Sonora Review, and others. His work has also appeared in many anthologies and textbooks, such as the Pushcart Prize Anthology, Literature for Composition (Longman), Writing Poems (Longman), Poems of the American West (Knopf), Wildsong: Poems of the Natural World (Georgia), Real Things: An Anthology of Popular Culture (Indiana), The Viking Portable Western Reader (Penguin), Stand Up Poetry (Iowa), and others. He has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowships, the Richard Hugo Memorial Award from Cutbank, the Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize from Willow Springs, a Robert Frost Fellowship in Poetry at Breadloaf, the Centrum Poetry Fellowship, Fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a Discovery/The Nation Award.
He has an M.A. degree in English from California State University, Fresno, and an M.F.A. degree from the University of Arizona. He has taught creative writing and literature at Hollins College, the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he was co-director of Creative Writing and poetry editor of the Missouri Review, the University of Alabama, where he was Coal Royalty Endowed Chair in Creative Writing, the University of Louisville, where he was Bingham Poet-in-Residence, Northern Arizona University, Florida International University, Spalding University, and the University of Montana, where he is a former MFA program director, and where he has taught since 1987.
He has given readings of his work, presented lectures and workshops, served on panels at colleges, universities, and writers' conferences and festivals all across the country. He has taught poetry and creative writing in diverse settings and communities, and has long been an advocate for poetry and the teaching of creative writing as a necessary and essential element of our educational systems and our culture as a whole.