UMW News BureauRick Bass, award-winning environmental writer will read selected works at the fall semester's first "Dances with Words," the university's acclaimed series. By Wally Feldt Award-winning writer and wilderness advocate Rick Bass will be featured at the first installment of the University of Montana Western’s acclaimed “Dances with Words” series. Bass is scheduled to read Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. in “The Cup,” the university’s coffee shop located on the lower level of the Swysgood Technology Center. Bass is the author of 23 books including nonfiction nature writing, essay collections, short story collections, novellas and novels, and numerous articles in national publications. In 2006, Rocky Mountain News chose “The Lives of Rocks” as a Best Book of the Year. His stories have also been awarded the Pushcart Prize and O. Henry Award and were included the “The Best American Short Stories.” His autobiography “Why I Came West” was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award. Bass graduated from Utah State University in 1979 with a degree in petroleum geology. He was working in Jackson, Miss. as a gas and oil geologist when he began writing short stories on his lunch breaks. In 1987, he moved to the Yaak Valley of Montana where he still lives with his wife and two daughters. Montana Western’s English department sponsors the Dances with Words series, which is funded by the university and local patrons and features visiting writers and poets. The fall series received additional support through a $1,000 “Opportunity Grant” from Humanities Montana.
Montana Western’s remarkable differences are featured in 30-second radio and TV spots airing in March, April, May and June 2013 and feature UMW's four Carnegie Professors of the Year. Click here to view the spot.
It's really the best way to decide which college or university is right for you. Click here to set up a visit today. And, oh by the way, we have a special gift for you just for stopping by.
We’d like to tell you more about our remarkable university. Just click here and we’ll send you information right away.
While most students entering college struggle with the decision of what to do with their futures, Mitch Jessen always knew what he wanted.
One of the most shocking moments of Berett Rosenkrance's life came upon her return as a sophomore to the Montana Western campus.
For Brandon Brown, the transition from urban western Washington to Montana Western was like playing basketball: natural.
Amanda Kortum, a cellular molecular biology major, is already making a name for herself in her field.
English major Kaitlin Ens counts five published articles to her name. For Ens, it's only the beginning of a promising career.