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Tami Haaland

Tami Haaland is the author of two books of poetry: Breath in Every Room, winner of the Nicholas Roerich Prize from Story Line Press, and When We Wake in the Night, a finalist for the May Swenson Award. She is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars and a professor of English at Montana State University Billings. She has been teaching creative writing at Montana Women’s Prison since 2008 and she coordinates a writing-in-the-schools program for Arts Without Boundaries. Haaland serves on the board of directors for Arts Without Boundaries, Reflections West (a public radio program produced by Lisa Simon at Montana Public Radio), and Rimrock Opera. She also serves as an advisory board member for Aerie International, an arts and literary journal produced at Big Sky High School in Missoula. Haaland co-founded and co-edited five issues of Stone’s Throw Magazine with fiction writer Russell Rowland. This magazine published many Montana writers alongside national and international selections. Haaland has received awards from the Montana Arts Council and Humanities Montana.

Haaland’s poetry has appeared in Calyx, the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, High Desert Journal, South Dakota Review and other periodicals. Her poems have also appeared online in The Writer’s Almanac and Verse Daily. Two poems from When We Wake in the Night will be featured on American Life in Poetry, sponsored by The Poetry Foundation, in 2013. In addition, her work has been anthologized in a dozen places, including Literature: An Introduction by X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia and The Ecopoetry Anthology edited by Laura-Gray Street and Ann Fisher-Wirth. Haaland’s essays concerning Montana poets and writers have appeared in Drumlummon Views and State of the Arts and are forthcoming in two anthologies: Mythology and Modern Women Poets: Analysis, Reflection and Teaching edited by Colleen Harris, and Reading Montana Poetry, edited by Brady Harrison and Lisa Simon.