Sheryl Noethe was recently designated Montana's fourth poet laureate; a position she'll hold though August, 2013. She'll join Bonnie Jo Campbell and Mary Clearman Blew for this year's Gala Reading at…Continue
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I was born and raised in Minnesota where I attended Urban Arts, a high-school alternative program, which allowed me to learn to write poetry. My first collection—The Descent of Heaven Over the Lake (New Rivers Press)—was published in 1984, and was followed by The Ghost Openings (Grace Court Press, 2000), which won a Northwest Publisher's Best Book Award, and, most recently, As Is (Lost Horse Press, 2009; Lost Horse has a nice write up of the book on their website). My poems have appeared in numerous journals and a few anthologies as well. Recognitions have included a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the CutBank Hugo Prize in Poetry, the Emerging Voices Award from New Rivers Press, a McKnight Prize for Literature, an American Academy of Poetry Award, and an honorable mention for the Pushcart Prize.
From Minnesota I moved to New York City and worked with the Teachers & Writers Collaborative, bringing poetry into the classrooms of the South Bronx, Harlem, and East New York. I currently reside in Missoula, Montana, at the foot of Mt. Jumbo with my fearless husband, a firefighter, where we keep a household of rescue animals, including a one-eyed feral cat named Mike Tyson.