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Celebrating a Writer's Journey

Loren Graham

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 - 6:30 p.m.

The Lewis & Clark Library Foundation and Lewis & Clark Library celebrated the writing journey of poet and professor, Loren Graham in conversation with Helena novelist Virginia Reeves on February 13, 2024, at Lewis & Clark Library.


Loren Graham is an award-winning poet, essayist, and Professor of English at Carroll College. He has published three books of poetry.  Mose tells the story of a prison inmate in Texas, published by Wesleyan in 1994. The Ring Scar, published by Word Press in 2010, is a sequence of sonnets that explore a divorce and its aftermath. His third book of poetry, Places I Was Dreaming, published in 2015 by CavenKerry Press, is about his childhood in rural poverty in Oklahoma. In 2015, Graham was one of a dozen readers at the Library’s Foundation’s Community Leaders Poetry Reading.


In addition to his books of poetry, Graham has authored over 200 poems, stories, and essays published in literary magazines. He also manages the Carroll College literary magazine, Colors, and has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, John Ciardi Fellowship, and DuPont Fellowship.


Graham was born and raised around Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He studied as a writer and composer at Oklahoma Baptist University, and he received an MA in English from Baylor University and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Virginia. He has since taught English and creative writing in Virginia and at Carroll College in Helena, Montana, where he lives with his wife, Jane Shawn.

Virginia Reeves is the author of two novels, Work Like Any Other (2016) and The Behavior of Love (2019). She teaches writing and literature at Helena College and is a proud member of the Lewis & Clark Library Foundation board.

Events at Lewis & Clark Library are always free and open to the public.  


Celebrating a Writer's Journey was launched in 2016 to celebrate Helena writer and educator Virginia Reeves, followed by journalist Jim Robbins, poet Melissa Kwasny, and writer Caroline Patterson.  Former Foundation Board member Joe Furshong envisioned this event as a way to learn about and honor local writers who have chosen writing as their life’s journey. Writers share their personal stories of inspiration, persistence, publication, and how writing defines their lives.

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